KitchenAid importer slammed for resale price maintenance

If you’ve ever wondered just why KitchenAid mixers are so expensive the answer may be in the acknowledgment today by Peter McInnes of concerns it engaged in resale price maintenance. by Cara Waters

Court orders $1.4 million payment by Bibby Financial Services to sales director dismissed over sexual harassment claim

Bibby Financial Services has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in compensation to its former sales director Ashley Sharma by the New South Wales Court of Appeal. by Cara Waters
How do I calculate long service leave in each State and Territory?

How do I calculate long service leave in each State and Territory?

How you calculate long service leave entitlements can be complicated. Here are the basic details you need to know. By Tracy Angwin

Beacon Lighting ASX debut lights up: How the retail chain did it

Beacon Light’s debut on the Australian Securities Exchange has greatly exceeded expectations, with shares in the lighting business surging 60% in its first day of trade. by Yolanda Redrup

Dropbox opens Sydney office, as company is criticised for lack of information regarding Heartbleed bug

United States online storage business Dropbox has announced it’s opening its first Australian office, with the business opening in Sydney to better support users in this geographical region. by Yolanda Redrup

Automotive sector uncertain about future of vital grant programs

Supply chain businesses in the automotive sector are fearful vital industry grants will be impacted by the upcoming May budget, with federal discretionary grants currently on hold. by Yolanda Redrup
Australian SMEs continue to drag the digital chain: Larger businesses have it all over most SMEs in the digital world

Australian SMEs continue to drag the digital chain: Larger businesses have it all over most SMEs in the digital world

While Australian consumers are among the fastest adopters of new technology in the world, the same can’t be said for many businesses. By Craig Reardon

Regulator forces NSW power companies to cut bills: How your business will save $60

Small businesses in New South Wales are set to save an average of $60 on their annual electricity bills, after a decision by the Australian Energy Regulator to force electricity distributors in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory to pass on savings to their customers. by Eloise Keating

Four lessons from Japanese fashion icon Uniqlo’s Australian launch

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo burst onto the Australian retail scene this week, opening its flagship store in Melbourne’s Emporium shopping complex today. by Eloise Keating
How Raegan Moya-Jones’ scored Prince George as her number one customer for Aden + Anais

How Raegan Moya-Jones’ scored Prince George as her number one customer for Aden + Anais

Baby clothing by Aden + Anais has been worn by Prince George and Blue Ivy. Australian-born chief executive and co-founder Raegan Moya-Jones explains how she built a business with such high-profile customers. By Cara Waters

FWO urging employers to check public holiday obligations: A guide to the Easter 2014 long weekend

The Fair Work Ombudsman is urging employers to check penalty rates and other legal obligations in the lead up to the Easter long weekend. by Yolanda Redrup

BlackBerry announces major investment in healthcare sector IT

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen’s ongoing strategy of repositioning his company as a secure cloud and mobility services provider has taken another step, with the company investing in a healthcare industry cloud services provider called NantHealth. by Andrew Sadauskas

Office 365 Personal subscriptions now available in Australia as Nadella announces “data culture”

Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal subscriptions, first announced in March, are now available in Australia, as chief executive Satya Nadella announces a “data culture” for the company. by Andrew Sadauskas

ACMA warning to Lycamobile after 12,596 customers were overcharged

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given low-cost mobile provider Lycamobile a formal warning after problems with its billing system caused it to overcharge 12,596 customers. by Andrew Sadauskas

Barry O’Farrell calls it quits; Freelancer.com acquires Warrior Forum: Midday Roundup

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell has resigned this morning, after admitting he sent a thankyou note to Australian Water Holdings chief executive Nick Di Girolamo for a $3000 bottle of Grange Hermitage wine in 2011. by Eloise Keating and Yolanda Redrup
Will the TPP feed consumers to the wolves of Wall Street?

Will the TPP feed consumers to the wolves of Wall Street?

Two new trade deals threaten financial protections for consumers, and the wolves are still at the door of Wall Street. By Matthew Rimmer
Seven essential tips for doing business in the Middle East

Seven essential tips for doing business in the Middle East

Are you considering expanding your business to the Middle East? If so, there are some absolutely essential cultural differences you absolutely need to be aware of. By Cynthia Dearin

Investors should expect SMSF borrowing to come under greater government scrutiny

Investors should expect regulations that allow self-managed superannuation funds to borrow to buy property to come under government scrutiny in the coming months, an expert in the area has said. by Zoe Fielding

SMEs could trump startups in boosting innovation

Microsoft has released a report calling for an urgent review of how the Australian innovation ecosystem works. by Rose Powell
Should I promote an employee nobody likes to manager?

Should I promote an employee nobody likes to manager?

Looks like you have already spotted the big, red, flashing warning signs here. By Aunty B
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