Tag Archives: small business

Legislation may be the only way to fix payment times: Ombudsman

Media Release 12 February, 2020 Legislation may be the only way to fix payment times: Ombudsman The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says if big businesses continue to flout reasonable payment terms, she will have no choice but to recommend federal legislation requiring all businesses …

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No small business owner should ever be called a “wage thief”

Media Release January 16, 2020 Protecting small business owners from the risk of underpayment is the aim of an Australian-first service launched by Employsure, Australia’s leading outsourced HR provider. Developed specifically to help small business avoid Australia’s “wage theft” mess, Employsure’s Wage Guarantee audits employers’ pay records and reports on …

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Small business bushfire package to offer some relief: Ombudsman

Media Statement January 20, 2020 The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the government’s support package for bushfire-affected small businesses will help viable small businesses get back on their feet. “The Federal Government is responding to the needs expressed by small business representatives at the roundtable …

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Collective bargaining a ‘game-changer’ for small players

Kate Carnell

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says small supermarkets should be able to engage in collective bargaining to remain competitive and viable. The Ombudsman has written to the ACCC in support of a proposal by Co-Operative Supermarkets Australia, to participate in collective bargaining to help small …

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Supply chain financing up for review

A review of supply chain financing has been launched by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. It’s expected that the review will examine the ways in which small and family businesses can use supply chain financing to manage cash flow and fund growth, while also looking …

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Cutting the red tape

The federal government has reportedly committed to cutting unnecessary regulation for small businesses, a move welcomed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Ms Carnell says small businesses and family enterprises are calling for less unnecessary regulation so that they can focus on actually growing their …

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Small business groups call for ‘critical’ workplace law reform

Employsure and the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) have announced a new partnership to advocate two key areas of workplace reform. Ed Mallett, founder and Managing Director of Employsure, in partnership with CEO of SBAA Anne Nalder are joining forces to propose the need for the simplification of Australia’s …

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Employee pay gaps remain prevalent

Findings from a survey commissioned by the Australian Payroll Association has shown that two in three organisations have large-scale pay rate discrepancies. A survey of 601 payroll managers has reportedly revealed that 69 per cent of payroll managers see significant differences in pay rates between employees who do the same …

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Xero: late payments to small businesses costly

A new report from Xero, the global small business platform, has revealed that half of all trade credit invoices are paid late and the value of outstanding, late payments to Australian small businesses is $115 billion annually. “Late payments are the scourge of small business. [This report] gives us a …

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Complaint claim justice for small business

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has encouraged small businesses impacted by financial misconduct as far back as January 1, 2008, to lodge a complaint with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). It has been said that previously the AFCA has only taken back complaints going …

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