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Queensland business owner fined $17,000 for not providing SEO services to small businesses

A Queensland business owner has been fined $13,000 and ordered to pay more than $4000 in compensation, after failing to provide search engine optimisation...
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SMEs given extra banking protections under new contracts law

Unfair standard form contracts legislation that protect consumers will be extended to include small businesses from November this year. The new law will cover...
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Hinch’s concerns prompt McDonald’s to revamp hiring policies but experts say SMEs should take care when checking employees’ criminal histories

Businesses are entitled to ask prospective employees about their criminal pasts, but should be careful when responding to the answers, according to employment law...

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Tea tree oil producer pays $10,800 fine over “100% pure” claim: Experts warn against guessing on product information

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has fined an essential oils company $10,800 for potentially misleading consumers and experts say the ruling is a...
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Why the ACCC is unlikely to secure compensation for Volkswagen customers

By Anna Mortimore, Griffith University The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) is unlikely to secure compensation for customers from German car maker Volkswagen and its...
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Airtasker slammed by consumer advocate over claim users can earn “up to $20,000 a month”

Sydney startup Airtasker has been slammed by consumer advocate Choice over its claim that workers on its platform are earning “up to $20,000 a...

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Queensland businessman stung for duping small businesses into paying for “bogus” expo

A Queensland businessman who took payments from small businesses for a business exhibition that was later postponed and then cancelled has been fined $5000...
Collapsed training provider fined $160,000 for luring students with fake job ads

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Director of collapsed training provider fined $20,000 over fake job ads

The director of a collapsed training and recruitment company has been fined $20,000 dollars for multiple breaches of Australian Consumer Law. The Melbourne Magistrates Court...
Watchdog rules against billboard for “promoting” tanning: How to advertise without offence

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Adelaide business operator fined over illegal “Sharelarium” that offered solarium use for a fee

A 28-year-old South Australian man has been found guilty of running an illegal solarium tanning service out of his garage. Dubbed the “Sharelarium,” the operation...

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EasyMeals falls foul of consumer watchdog after making misleading claims about its packaged meals

Online food retailer EasyMeals has been forced to publish a corrective notice admitting to breaches of the Australian Consumer Law on its website, following...
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