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Help! The employee I fired wants a reference

Help! The employee I fired wants a reference

I don’t know what planet your former employee lives on but the person who just fired you is not normally the best person to get a reference from. By Aunty B
Small business wins on the effects test: What it means for you

Small business wins on the effects test: What it means for you

The much-debated effects test is one step closer to reforming Australian competition law after the release of the Harper competition review yesterday – although small business can expect a watered down version. By Kirsten Robb
Employee sacked over “anti-Muslim” email pockets $29,000 compo

Employee sacked over “anti-Muslim” email pockets $29,000 compo

A 65-year-old employee sacked for sending an email about Muslim radicals from his work email account has been awarded $29,000 due to his poor prospects of finding another job. By Kirsten Robb
Microsoft releases Lumia 735 “selfie phone” in Australia

Microsoft releases Lumia 735 “selfie phone” in Australia

Microsoft has released its Lumia 735 4G smartphone in Australia with a local price of $399 outright, with the device aimed at users who post photos of themselves (or “selfies”) on social media. By Andrew Sadauskas
Apple claims 10 million iPhone sales in its first three days

Apple claims 10 million iPhone sales in its first three days

Apple is claiming it has sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones in its first three days on the market, in another repeat of a common Apple post-launch hype tactic. By Andrew Sadauskas
Samsung looks at smartwatch payments partnership with PayPal and Tizen TVs as LG conflict intensifies

Samsung looks at smartwatch payments partnership with PayPal and Tizen TVs as LG conflict intensifies

Samsung is reportedly looking at forging an NFC watch payments partnership with PayPal, as former executives of LG Electronics are accused of stealing business plans from the company. By Andrew Sadauskas
The seven things keeping entrepreneurs from a good night’s sleep

The seven things keeping entrepreneurs from a good night’s sleep

Here are the top seven issues standing between entrepreneurs and a peaceful night’s sleep. By Kirsten Robb
Why it’s time to scrap price signalling laws

Why it’s time to scrap price signalling laws

Laws currently make it unlawful for banks to disclose price-related information in a broad range of circumstances. There are good reasons why this should be changed. By Julie Clarke
Tips to avoid unethical recruitment processes

Tips to avoid unethical recruitment processes

Many of my clients have recently observed a marked increase in the amount of inaccuracy and unethical practices in the use of online job boards in the payroll job market. By Tracy Angwin
Founder admits he stuffed up when he said women in tech are a cheaper alternative than men

Founder admits he stuffed up when he said women in tech are a cheaper alternative than men

LookSmart founder Evan Thornley says he “stuffed up” when he made sexist comments during a speech he gave at The Sunrise conference in Sydney on Friday. By Kye White
The world's most powerful businesswomen according to Fortune

The world's most powerful businesswomen according to Fortune

Fortune's 2014 list reveals a record 24 female CEOs, meaning almost half the total number of the women are heading up huge companies, and working hard to transform their businesses. By Jordi Roth
Smart50 recount: Pet Circle awarded first position for 2014 Smart50

Smart50 recount: Pet Circle awarded first position for 2014 Smart50

Kip McGrath Education Centres has been removed from the 2014 Crowe Horwath-SmartCompany Smart50, which means Pet Circle moves from #2 to the top of our list for 2014. By Cara Waters
Stop wriggling and observe your brand

Stop wriggling and observe your brand

Seth Godin famously said, “Do lots of stuff and keep what works.” Not bad advice except it’s missing an important qualifier – don't do it all at once. By Michel Hogan
How to deal with team members who don’t get along

How to deal with team members who don’t get along

Team dynamics can be both your competitive edge and Achilles heel in business. By Abiramie Sathiamoorthy and Janelle McKenzie
Six ways to give your career a surge

Six ways to give your career a surge

Are you stuck for ways to power your career into surge mode? By Eve Ash
Alibaba knocks IPO out of the park; Bank of Queensland to fork out $17m in compo for Storm Financial scandal: Midday Roundup

Alibaba knocks IPO out of the park; Bank of Queensland to fork out $17m in compo for Storm Financial scandal: Midday Roundup

Shares in Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba surged 38% in first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with the 15-year-old company now worth more than Amazon and eBay combined. By Eloise Keating and Kirsten Robb
What do you need to know about the G20 treasurers meeting? A SmartCompany Q&A

What do you need to know about the G20 treasurers meeting? A SmartCompany Q&A

It is less than two months until the leaders of the G20 nations will convene in Brisbane. By Eloise Keating
The Fast Lane: Who’s your mentor?

The Fast Lane: Who’s your mentor?

Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely old life. By Cara Waters
Older Australians, high income earners and men more likely to work from home: Survey

Older Australians, high income earners and men more likely to work from home: Survey

One-in-three Australians who work part-time or full-time have used the internet to work from home, with older Australians and high income earners more likely to do so than younger workers or those on lower incomes, according to a survey released today. By Andrew Sadauskas
Negative gearing not just for the wealthy: 70% claiming rebates earn less than $80k

Negative gearing not just for the wealthy: 70% claiming rebates earn less than $80k

Any move to scrap negative gearing would affect “mum and dad” investors, according to research that shows 70% of those claiming the rebate earn less than $80,000. By Kirsten Robb
Samsung Knox product line extended, small business version released

Samsung Knox product line extended, small business version released

Samsung has expanded its Knox product line of mobile device management software, including a cloud-based identity and access management, along with a version aimed at small businesses. By Andrew Sadauskas
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