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Steady CPI eases rate fears… Labor floats 457 reforms… No spending promises in Lib vision… ‘Operational’ sackings can be done to cut pay… Bendigo Bank rejects offer… Online real estate battle sours… more

Steady CPI eases rate fearsAustralia’s key inflation measure, the consumer price index, increased by 0.1% in the March quarter – decreasing the likelihood that...

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Disharmony over WorkChoices… Pay scales at last… Budgets boost green, tax waits… Legal privilege lost?… DoubleClick deal in trouble

Business groups disharmony over WorkChoicesTensions are breaking out as big business tries to coerce groups representing small business to speak out in favor of...

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Small business “giveaway’… Labor’s GST sweetener… Dollar soars… Time to invest globally… Irrigators left dry… House prices up… States’ conditional backing on IR… Economy roundup…

Small business ‘giveaway’The latest BizExchange Index has revealed an alarming trend of an increasing number of small business owners selling their businesses for less...

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Work references can be fraught with danger

Choose your words in a reference for a former employee very carefully. There is more at stake than you think. By PETER VITALE of...

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What’s in a name? Plenty

For start-ups, a potential make-or-break decision is what to call your company. A dud name can be a dead weight around your neck, but...

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Driving industrial action down

WorkChoices, one year on, has had a significant influence on industrial actions, but employers still have to have a clear idea of their obligations....

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Can post-employment restraints protect your business?

Putting a restraint clause in an employee's contract is a good idea — in theory. It is a lot harder to make it work....

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Labor’s IR policy revealed

The Federal Opposition has finally unveiled its draft industrial relations plans ahead of the election, and business had better be prepared for significant change....

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Close the unfair dismissal back door

The introduction of WorkChoices prompted sacked employees to seek compensation in other ways. There are ways to protect against it. BY MIKE PRESTON...

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Are contracts opening the way for unfair dismissal claims?

If you're not careful, that written contract of employment could imply duties for every employer and unfair dismissal rights for every employee. By PETER...
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