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Show us the (union) money: Canada

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Canada is considering legislation which will require unions to provide full public disclosure of their finances. They will have to report to the Canadian tax authority, with their finances posted on the authority’s website. Details here.  More...

We’re under attack

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Unions are attacking independent contractors. The head of the business group AIG, Innes Willox, has referred to the union position as ‘bogus’ and jumped to the defence of independent contractors. He’s been attacked, not surprisingly, by the head of Australia’s peak union body. Details here. Ken Phillips' related Business Spectator article is hereMore...

US politics ‘war’

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Tea Party has declared ‘war’ on both the Democrats and Republicans over budget financial irresponsibility.

The Democrats are hitting back, chasing support for tax increases against the top 2 per cent of US income earners.  More...

Gillard's Labor in trouble with small business people

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Gillard government is facing a small business backlash. A Smartcompany small business survey shows that 57 per cent favour the Abbott Coalition and only 11 per cent Gillard’s Labor.  More...

Stupid restaurant laws

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Labor government has displayed a serious disconnect from common sense. Finally they have just withdrawn laws that forced restaurants to have separate menus for weekends because of higher charges due to extra costs forced on restaurants by the Fair Work ActMore...

Labor breaches small business privacy

Sunday, December 09, 2012

We’ve been receiving complaints about the new business name registration laws. This has been sold as a small business ‘plus’ by Labor. But work-from-home independent contractors complain that the laws force them to reveal their home addresses. This didn’t happen before. Labor is just stomping on people’s privacy rights. See here and hereMore...

Fair Work Act gone bad

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The big business lobby group that supported the Fair Work Act (AIG) has turned against it. It has produced a forensic analysis of why the Act is bad for business and it is throwing its support behind independent contractors. That’s good!  More...

ATO doesn’t ‘get it’

Monday, December 03, 2012

The ATO’s descriptions of who is/isn’t an independent contractor are out of whack with reality. Have a look at their descriptions for IT contractors. Then compare them with ICA member Luke’s description of realityMore...

South Australia does ‘get’ small business

Monday, December 03, 2012

South Australia is really moving ahead for small business people on several fronts. The Small Business Commissioner will have an oversight role on work safety codes of practice. Now SA has just increased the ability of small business people to represent themselves in the magistrates court. That’s’ good! More...

Fair deal for owner-drivers

Monday, December 03, 2012

What’s a fair deal for owner-drivers? We’ve worked out a check-list at Owner Drivers Australia.  More...

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