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20 Apr
Carbon Column: SMEs liable as suppliers under carbon price

A recent survey has provided a snapshot of some of the ways in which SMEs will be affected by the forthcoming carbon price.  In order to reduce their financial liability under the scheme, large corporations and organisations will want to measure the real carbon footprint of their business operations.  And they will need to know the carbon emissions levels of the products and services delivered to them by their SME suppliers.  Many of Victoria’s small and medium sized businesses will be forced to reduce their carbon emissions as the flow on impacts of the carbon take effec

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20 Apr
Secrets to Facebook’s success to be revealed at Business Congress in Melbourne

Do you want to understand how to better integrate social media into your marketing and customer outreach plans?  Are you eager to learn about the future of social media and how it may affect your business?  Join the former Head of Facebook Marketing Randi Zuckerberg at the Australian Chambers Business Congress 2012 as she unveils her compelling insights into Facebook’s story and where the fast evolving social media marketing world is heading.  Randi has recently launched her own social media company, R to Z Studios, built on her wealth of knowledge in th

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20 Apr
Employee’s holiday without boss’s knowledge earns the sack

The summary dismissal of an employee at a removalist and storage company who took a three day holiday from work without telling her boss has been upheld by Fair Work Australia, after her conduct was found to have breached her employer’s trust. The employee booked flights from her home in Sydney to Perth, leaving on a Wednesday and returning on Sunday, but failed to inform her manager of her plans.

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20 Apr
Internships illegal? Fair Work Ombudsman to investigate

Two law experts have been commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman to look at the practice of unpaid internships and work experience and investigate whether in fact some of these arrangements are illegal. Professors Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens from the University of Adelaide will examine the types of internships being offered and what types of relationships are unlawful, where ‘experience becomes exploitation’. Professor Stewart said anecdotal evidence suggests unpaid internships are becoming more common and thus regulations needed to be clarified. “In most cases ther

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20 Apr
Business tips – How to deal with rejection at work

It’s a deflating experience for any small business owner or employee when they suffer rejection at work, possibly in the form of a lost client or sale, a cancelled business opportunity, a missed promotion or a lack of public praise.

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20 Apr
Supermarket store manager compensated after sacking for ‘stealing’ goods

Fair Work Australia has overturned the dismissal of a supermarket store manager who was summarily dismissed for taking $41.52 worth of groceries from the store without paying, and awarded more than $15,000 in compensation. At the end of his shift on a Friday in October 2011, the store manager bought some groceries but realised he didn’t have his wallet. He instructed the cashier to “suspend” the sale and asked her to stick the docket on a computer as a reminder for him to pay on Monday, and took the groceries home.

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20 Apr
Business/Higher Education Round Table Conference and Dinner: 3 May

This year’s annual Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) conference will address the theme of Risk Management in Higher Education and speakers will address key issues including the management of the new student demand model, overseas operations and international student issues as well as the role of the new regulator TEQSA in the higher education sector. Graeme Samuel AC, former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and current Managing Director of corporate advisory firm Greenhill Caliburn will be the keynote speaker at a Distinguished Speaker D

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20 Apr
New requirements for employers under superannuation reforms

The Federal Government is currently in the process of passing new reforms to the Superannuation Guarantees Administration Act 1992 (Cth).

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20 Apr
Chief Executive Update: Infrastructure key to Victoria’s trade future

The Victorian Government must act now to ensure that the state is prepared for the expected rapid growth in international trade and can capitalise on the opportunities that this presents to Victorian business.  A recent report into the global demand for transport infrastructure over the long term by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlights the need for governments to prepare for the infrastructure needs of the future. The report, Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030, says that with world GDP set to double by 2030, this growth

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