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Hospitality penalty rates killing our weekend cafe society

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Penalty rate hikes in awards, particularly weekend and public holiday rates, are causing Australia to undergo a backward revolution. It's a step into the past by stealth. Restrictive trading hours are being imposed through the mechanism of business-breaking cost hikes. Full article hereMore...

Foreign worker 457 visas rorted in IT

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ICA member Allen Cummings says the 457 visa arrangements are not working in IT. Comments welcome. Allen says:

I am concerned that the media doesn’t understand what is happening in the IT industry with offshoring jobs and the use of cheap 457 visa IT staff to replace Australian IT staff. More...

The pension fund that ate California

Monday, February 18, 2013

The story of the Calper’s Fund should be studied in Australia. Calpers is heavily union-controlled. It’s a case study in what can happen when corruption, maladministration and cocky, imprudent, politically motivated investment takes control. Full story hereMore...

How to crush entrepreneurship USA-style

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The US struggles with allowing small business entrepreneurs to operate. The self-employed are the highest taxed people in the USA, with rates exceeding those on billionaires and corporations. The spread of badly designed ‘misclassification’ laws is working against US small business entrepreneurship and a jobs-led economic recovery. Read more.  More...

Flexible Work: Get with it! (updated)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Australian Institute of Management has produced an excellent discussion paper on flexible work. But the discussion only applies to big organizations and misses the 70 per cent of the workforce working in small business situations. More...

Building in Victoria: new rules

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Victorian government has released more information about its new rules for construction tendering. The new document is quite easy to read and makes it clear what's expected and what's not allowed. This will affect all small contractors (self-employed) in Victorian construction, giving them improved protections. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...

The term 'employee' will slowly go out of use later in the century ...

Monday, July 02, 2012

Well-known futurist Phil Ruthven says "The term 'employee' will slowly go out of use later in the century..." Here he explains why and gives other work arrangement trends.


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