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Burt’s Bees founder dies; Heavy Haulage Australia cuts 25 jobs: Midday Roundup

Burt’s Bees founder dies; Heavy Haulage Australia cuts 25 jobs: Midday Roundup

Burt Shavitz, the beekeeper who co-founded natural cosmetics company Burt’s Bees, died on Sunday at the age of 80. By Eloise Keating and Cara Waters
ATO warns of tax time scams: 12 tips to protect your business

ATO warns of tax time scams: 12 tips to protect your business

The ATO says scammers ramp up their efforts to defraud the public of their personal information and money at tax time. By Zoe Dattner
Inside the collapse of Pie Face: The business didn’t make a profit for 10 years

Inside the collapse of Pie Face: The business didn’t make a profit for 10 years

Pie Face had not turned a profit in the 10 years before it collapsed in November 2014, according to chief executive Kevin Waite. By Eloise Keating
   Greece debt crisis deepens but only ‘modest’ exposure for Australia: Bruce Billson

Greece debt crisis deepens but only ‘modest’ exposure for Australia: Bruce Billson

Greece’s debt crisis continues today with a new deadline for a potential so called “Grexit” set for July 20 following a tumultuous few days for the European country. By Renee Thompson
More copycat claims: Furniture designers fall victim to big business design rip-offs

More copycat claims: Furniture designers fall victim to big business design rip-offs

Australian furniture designers are regular victims of big businesses ripping off their design, according to Priyanka Rao, who heads up Luxmy Furniture Group . By Cara Waters
“The family should be happy”: Six gems from Gina Rinehart on Australian Story

“The family should be happy”: Six gems from Gina Rinehart on Australian Story

The mining magnate was back in the spotlight this week, with some of the ins and outs of the relationships forged during her life the focus of ABC-TV program Australian Story on Monday night. By Renee Thompson
Target under fire for Dion Lee ad with “anorexic-looking” model

Target under fire for Dion Lee ad with “anorexic-looking” model

Target Australia is being forced to defend ads for its collaboration with fashion designer Dion Lee, with more than 14,000 people signing an online petition calling for the retailer to pull the advertising because it features an “anorexic-looking model”. By Eloise Keating
Inside the tech industry: Women tell what it’s really like

Inside the tech industry: Women tell what it’s really like

Where the heck are the women in tech? Technology businesses are realising belatedly the limitations of a male-dominated workforce. By Brad Howarth
Victorian government remains committed to $60 million startup fund but still no detail in sight

Victorian government remains committed to $60 million startup fund but still no detail in sight

The Victorian government remains committed to its $60 million ‘startup initiative’but still cannot provide any detail on how the money will be spent. By Kye White
Reacting to stress – do you project or introspect?

Reacting to stress – do you project or introspect?

Most of us react to stress one way or another – we either “introspect” and bottle up tension, or release it like a champagne cork with someone copping it in the eye. By Eve Ash
Lorna Jane pulls job ad for receptionist and “fit model” with bust and waist requirements: Be careful what you recruit for

Lorna Jane pulls job ad for receptionist and “fit model” with bust and waist requirements: Be careful what you recruit for

Activewear brand Lorna Jane has raised a few eyebrows today, after an advertisement for a “receptionist/fit model” was quietly taken offline. By Eloise Keating
The language of professionalism is a cop out

The language of professionalism is a cop out

When we talk to people like people, they respond like people. And everyone wins when that happens. By Michel Hogan
What is the most important HR framework?

What is the most important HR framework?

Done properly, the performance review could be a tool that drives innovation and productivity in your workforce. By Sue-Ellen Watts
FSC calls for 15% GST and 22% company tax rate; Manufacturer underpaid factory worker $16,000: Midday Roundup

FSC calls for 15% GST and 22% company tax rate; Manufacturer underpaid factory worker $16,000: Midday Roundup

The Financial Services Council (FSC) has called for the goods and services tax rate to be increased to 15% and its base broadened, as well as a reduction in the company tax rate to 22% by 2020. By Eloise Keating and Renee Thompson
Fast Lane: Small business continues to be ignored

Fast Lane: Small business continues to be ignored

SmartCompany was founded over eight years ago because publishers Amanda Gome and Eric Beecher saw that small business wasn’t being covered by the mainstream business press. By Cara Waters
Uncle Tobys milks ‘superfood’ benefits of oats but ad watchdog says claims are misleading

Uncle Tobys milks ‘superfood’ benefits of oats but ad watchdog says claims are misleading

The company that makes Uncle Tobys Oats will modify a television ad after its claims the product was “naturally rich in protein” and a “superfood” were found to be misleading. By Renee Thompson
Former CEO files $500,000 breach of contract claim against Smart50 finalist Luxperience

Former CEO files $500,000 breach of contract claim against Smart50 finalist Luxperience

The former chief executive of Luxperience is suing the company and its founder, Helen Logas, over claims her employment contract was breached. By Eloise Keating
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