Issue 124 March 2017

Avoid a fail grade: integrated temporary employees make powerful brand advocates
The rapid rise in the use of temporary and contract assignments has seen a blended workforce become the norm in many industries and sectors. But the success or failure of this arrangement often comes down to how well temporary and contract employees are integrated into a team. The very nature of this form of employment means that temporary and contract...
Trade Mark Examiner Adverse Reports – not necessarily fatal to your application
Expert Advice
After a trade mark application is filed it is examined by a Trade Mark Examiner. All trade mark applicants hope to get a "clear" Examination Report. This enables the application to be advertised as accepted. However, many applicants receive an Examiner's "adverse report", leaving some to think the application is "dead in the water" (not automatically true) and others wondering...
A $23 million mistake! Take care with the PPSA
Expert Advice
The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) has been in force for a little over 5 years and cases still emerge where either a lack of understanding, or a lack of attention to detail, cost the owners of goods significant sums of money. In the recently reported case of Alleasing Pty Ltd v Onesteel Manufacturing Pty Ltd (Admins Apptd), the...
Five common business hurdles
Cash Flow Solutions
Owning a business takes a huge amount of energy and drive; growing a business takes even more. We work with many businesses across a variety of industries and time and time again, five key challenges crop up: Overexposure… Keeping client business at a safe percentage of total revenue is a challenge for many businesses. Developing a healthy number of regular...
20,000 complaints – but is the customer always right?
Business Law
On 3 January 2017 the ACCC released statistics that more than 20,000 shoppers complained about 'consumer guarantees' in 2016. With Christmas presents now unwrapped and gift cards spent during the stocktake sales, if a good is faulty what obligations do businesses face? The Australian Consumer Law imposes non-excludable consumer guarantees on the sale of goods and the provision of services;...
The important role of CFOs in Not-For-Profit associations sector
Recent changes in government policy have resulted in substantial impacts on the Not-For-Profit (NFP) association sector. Government grants to NFP associations are expected to decline, contributing to the resourcing pressures for many NFP associations in Australia. Financial resources from memberships, donations, and government grants were core funds used to sustain NFP associations for many years. However, the concern in the...
Are you missing out on tax incentives?
If you're the owner of a company that, unbeknown to you, conducts research and development (R&D) which could qualify for tax incentives - to the tune of 45 cents for every dollar spent - now's the time to explore how much tax money you might be leaving on the table. There are countless companies across Australia that periodically end up...
Roses are Red MS Fundraising
Issue 124 March 2017
Venue: Cream Caf and Bar Photography: Tim Benson
Servcorp Community Meets Event
Issue 124 March 2017
Venue: Hotel Realm Photography: Tim Benson
Sky High Tea at the Wayfarer Sky Lounge
Issue 124 March 2017
Venue: Wayfarer Belconnen Photography: Tim Benson
Canberra – we are your local depreciation specialist
Capital Claims Tax Depreciation has been servicing Canberra and surrounding areas since 2008, and has completed thousands of depreciation schedules for both residential and commercial property owners. In 2015 we introduced Sean Loftie-Eaton as a Director within our team to specifically service Canberra businesses and investors. Find out more about Sean on LinkedIn. What do we do best? With 20+...
Standing toe to toe: to disclose your salary or not?
There is ongoing debate on whether you should or should not disclose your current salary to a recruiter of hiring manager when applying for a position. Disclosing your current salary does not limit your chances of negotiating a better salary package offer. Refusing to disclose your salary however, may lose you the job! In the blue corner: not disclosing your...