July 31, 2019

Franchisors must act in good faith and reasonable cause

Franchisors must act in good faith and reasonable cause A franchise operates within an existing business structure that gives the franchisor discretion to implement strategies, introduce new products and set prices for the ‘branded’ goods or services. These commercial decisions however must be exercised in ‘good faith and reasonableness’. The […]
July 31, 2019

Interview questions you can’t ask

Interview questions you can’t ask An employer’s potential liability for workplace discrimination arises before the first interview and exists whether or not a decision is made to hire a person. A job interview is integral to the recruitment process and provides an opportunity for the employer to ask questions, check […]
July 31, 2019

A Step by Step Guide to the Litigation Process

A Step by Step Guide to the Litigation Process If you are a small business owner, there is a good chance that at some point you will consider suing someone to recover a debt, seek damages for a breach of contract or to resolve an employment dispute. If you are […]
June 18, 2019

Social media and the workplace – employees take care

Social media and the workplace – employees take care We live in an age characterised by a rise in the use of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and the like. With that rise has come a large increase in the number of cases involving employees making comments […]
June 18, 2019

Does your business have a Will?

Does your business have a Will? Most people recognise the importance of having a Will to determine how their estate is distributed when they pass. If you are self-employed, a partner or co-director, having a ‘Will’ or succession plan for your business is equally important. Think about what may happen […]
June 18, 2019

Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean?

Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean? In recent times the term ‘corporate governance’, and the increasingly popular ‘good corporate governance’, appear to be regular topics of discussion both in the media and the general population. These terms are routinely used when considering the actions […]
May 1, 2019
ASIC Section 19 Notice What To Do

Are you a director and ASIC wants to meet?

Are you a director and ASIC wants to meet? The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is the Government body appointed to regulate corporations, managed investment schemes and those involved in the financial services and credit industries. The breadth of ASIC’s regulatory powers is evident in the Australian Securities and […]
May 1, 2019

Understanding Unfair Dismissal Claims

Understanding Unfair Dismissal Claims Unfair dismissal matters can be complex and frustrating for both employers and employees alike.  Since the commencement of the Fair Work Act in 2009, employers have had expanded responsibilities to ensure they correctly terminate employees and more employees are able to successfully make unfair dismissal claims. […]
May 1, 2019

Business Structures: Partnership

Business Structures: Partnership When commencing a business venture, it is necessary to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. In Australia, there are 4 common business structures – sole trader, partnership, trust and company. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks […]
March 26, 2019

Termination by Electronic Media – Pitfalls and Best Practice

Termination by Electronic Media – Pitfalls and Best Practice The rise in the use of technology means the way we can communicate with each other in our personal and working lives has expanded, almost beyond belief. The ways in which termination of employment can occur have also expanded, but is […]
March 26, 2019

A Franchise Agreement explained

A Franchise Agreement explained Since the early 1970’s buying and operating a franchise business has become an increasingly popular way for many Australians to own and operate their own business. Initially franchising in Australia almost always involved a foreign parent company or brand. However, today the majority of franchise businesses […]
March 26, 2019

Vendor Finance in Business Transactions

Vendor Finance in Business Transactions Sellers (vendors) and purchasers of a business sometimes enter into a transaction which involves Vendor Finance. The vendor provides some of the funding required by the purchaser to buy the business – usually the purchaser pays a deposit or portion of the purchase price and […]