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Avoiding Disputes

Avoiding Disputes

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Australian Bookkeepers Network

Whether with clients, landlords, Government or competitors, disputes are a reality of commercial life. Examine the ways in which you as a bookkeeper can minimise your exposure. Background In his paper Resolving Commercial Disputes Paul J Vincent (Forensic Director of Vincent Chartered Accountants) outlines his “10 Commandments” for how professionals can avoid disputes or at least protect themselves against a bad result flowing from a dispute. We now examine how…

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Federal Budget 2016 – What you need to know

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Australian Bookkeepers Network

The 2016 Federal Budget was handed down on Tuesday 3 May. Following are some of the headline announcements that the Government intends to implement in the event that it is re-elected in the coming months. GENERAL ECONOMIC CONDITIONS In mixed news for business, the Government says the economy is forecast to grow by 2.5% 2015/2016 and to remain at this rate in 2016/2017. Growth will then however accelerate to 3%…

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Bookkeepers Thriving In A Changing Environment

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Australian Bookkeepers Network

We at Calxa recently attended a conference where Peter Thorp from ABN gave a great presentation on how the bookkeeping industry has changed over the last 10 years. Peter put up a challenge to the audience by asking bookkeepers in attendance to ponder where they thought the industry may be in 10 years time. It was great to take some time out and reflect on the changes that have occurred…

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Sham Contracting

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Karen Vercoe

Fair Work Act 2009, Independent Contractors Act 2006, Awards – what happens when you are in breach of 3 pieces of legislation?  You get fined a lot of money. What if you have 3 contracts that are Sham? You get fined for all 3 contracts. What if you have 2 Directors?  You get fined for each Director. Do the maths approximately $1600 fine by 3 pieces of legislation $4800 multiplied…

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Improving Your Business

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Australian Bookkeepers Network

Whilst there is no denying that we live in arguably some of the most challenging economic times for decades, it is interesting to observe how people handle the same situation differently in their business. We have seen a pattern developing of two distinct responses to the current tough times from business owners and operators, and a lot of the reaction has to do with how you see the present times…

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Employ casual staff? When should you change them from casual to permanent part-time?

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Karen Vercoe

Karen Vercoe shares her insights into employing casual staff. We simply put someone on as a casual, they do the job and after a while we just keep them as a casual.  Problem is that once they are working for you for more than about 6 months and you expect them to turn up every week, they aren’t a casual anymore—even if you call them a casual, it does not…

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