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Posted on Aug 6, 2017

Can we close the gender gap in retail? EY

Can we close the gender gap in retail? EY

Australia is lagging the world in retail leadership. In a sector where the majority of purchasing decisions are made by women, it makes sense that more than 58% of those employees working in consumer products and retail in Australia and nearly 48% of its managers are female – ahead of the global average. What fails to make sense is that this is not the case at the very top. Interesting insights from EY.

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Posted on Jul 30, 2017

Disclosure obligations for office owners, Dentons

Disclosure obligations for office owners, Dentons

Office owners have to get a building’s energy efficiency rating and disclose it to prospective purchasers or tenants before offering to sell or lease office space over 2,000m². From 1 July 2017, the threshold was reduced from 2,000m² to 1,000 m² effectively targeting more offices. Dentons sheds some light on the new act listing compliance and penalties.

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Posted on Jul 23, 2017

How to keep your frequent flyer status, Flight Centre

How to keep your frequent flyer status, Flight Centre

Having clocked up endless hours of flights, you’ve finally achieved that coveted gold or platinum frequent flyer status. Skipping queues, premium airport lounges and extra baggage allowance are all yours for the next year, however, once the year is up, if you haven’t racked up enough status credits you will drop back down and must start all again.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2017

New crowdfunding rules for companies, Hall & Wilcox

New crowdfunding rules for companies, Hall & Wilcox

The Federal Government’s Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act had no scope for private companies to access crowdfunding. Hall & Wilcox says the draft Bill is a leap forward for crowd funding in Australia, however, private companies must decide either to convert to a public company to access the regime in September or face an uncertain wait.

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Posted on Jul 9, 2017

Are your employment contracts legally sound? Owen Hodge Lawyers

Are your employment contracts legally sound? Owen Hodge Lawyers

Agreements outlining the terms of an employment relationship or employment contracts can be both written and verbal agreements. They provide protection and can be a tool for negotiation, however, they have limits. Employers need to ensure their contracts are legally sound which can be a struggle for people of all experience levels.

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Posted on Jul 3, 2017

Aust & NZ Business nonchalant about combating bribery and corruption, Deloitte

Aust & NZ Business nonchalant about combating bribery and corruption, Deloitte

The potential damage bribery and corruption can cause to an organisation transcends any immediate financial costs. It has a deep and potentially lasting impact on an organisation’s reputation, on its culture, regulatory standing and even long-term profitability. A 2017 Deloitte Australian and NZ survey suggests the response of organisations in Australia and New Zealand to bribery and corruption,  is slow compared to others worldwide.

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Posted on Jun 25, 2017

Are you aware of and prepared for cyber attacks? Minter Ellison

Are you aware of and prepared for cyber attacks? Minter Ellison

Recently an unprecedented ransomware attack spread malicious software known as ‘WannaCry’ around the world. Britain’s National Health Service was one of the more high-profile victims, with the service forced to cancel surgery, close emergency rooms and divert ambulances as a result of the attack. Australia escaped the worst of the fallout, however, the Prime Minister’s cyber security expert warns ‘this is not game over’.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2017

SMSF activity surges with big changes to super coming in July 17, AMP

SMSF activity surges with big changes to super coming in July 17, AMP

The changes that will apply to superannuation from 1 July 2017 are the most significant changes since 2007. It means the total value members can hold in existing tax-free pension accounts cannot exceed $1.6 million. Any remaining balances can still be held in the superannuation environment but is required to be kept in accumulation phase according to AMP.

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Posted on Jun 12, 2017

The business logic in debiasing and how it improves decision making, McKinsey & Company

The business logic in debiasing and how it improves decision making, McKinsey & Company

Debiasing business decision making has drawn board-level attention, as companies doing it are achieving marked performance improvements. A McKinsey & Company survey found respondents ranked “reducing decision biases” as their number one aspiration for improving performance. Now we see companies provide training in unconscious biases and a clear impact on management actions, such as gender bias in personnel decisions.

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Posted on Jun 5, 2017

Foreigners hit by NSW property taxes,  Pitcher Partners

Foreigners hit by NSW property taxes, Pitcher Partners

Foreigners who purchase property in NSW will be required to pay more in NSW State government taxes while Australians will receive assistance. These new laws apply from 1 July 2017. Pitcher Partners outlines the measures that affect both local and foreign property buyers. For more go to http://bit.ly/1RKZe25  #kdkmedia #kdkbulletin

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Posted on May 29, 2017

Looking into the Deloitte crystal ball with three plans for Australia’s future

Looking into the Deloitte crystal ball with three plans for Australia’s future

Looking into the Deloitte crystal ball. What’s over the horizon? A question frequently asked in an increasingly uncertain world, the answer is more difficult to predict. The key to moving forward is seeking better and more detailed information about a wider range of possible futures. Recognising opportunity in uncertainty, Deloitte takes a close look at three plausible futures for Australia.

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Posted on May 23, 2017

Budget outcomes rely on business community to do the heavy lifting, Business Council of Australia

Budget outcomes rely on business community to do the heavy lifting, Business Council of Australia

Treasurer Scott Morrison has delivered a practical and workable Budget in the face of sustained political gridlock. This Budget lays the foundation for better living standards and greater opportunities for Australians. But achieving its projected outcomes will rely on the economy and particularly the business community doing the heavy lifting, says Business Council of Australia.

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Posted on May 15, 2017

Why banks are not happy about ScoMo’s levy,  Deloitte Budget17 analysis

Why banks are not happy about ScoMo’s levy, Deloitte Budget17 analysis

Why banks are not happy about ScoMo’s levy.  The major bank levy is the most significant tax announcement in the Budget and the largest revenue raiser in each of the next four years. The Government believes that a more internationally competitive company tax rate will attract investment that creates higher paying jobs and grows the economy. Could this be ScoMo’s most popular political move, ever. See Deloitte’s Budget17 analysis at #kdkmedia #kdkbulletin

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Posted on May 10, 2017

Budget 2017: more regulation, less innovation, Pitcher Partners

Budget 2017: more regulation, less innovation, Pitcher Partners

Budget 2017: more regulation, less innovation:  Scott Morrison has shunned the opportunity for major economic reform. While there are efforts to back small business and invest in infrastructure, middle market businesses (the backbone of the economy) have been ignored. Innovation has been dropped from the agenda with a real focus on new regulation. A good rundown of Budget 2017 measures from Pitcher Partners.  #kdkmedia #kdkbulletin

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