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Susan Muldowney

Susan Muldowney is a Melbourne-based writer and editor and a former deputy editor of INTHEBLACK. When she's not working she spends her time plotting her next holiday.

The experience from similar schemes interstate has shown no evidence of significant adverse impacts to employers or employees in the  covered industries or to the economy generally.

Taking it with you: should long service leave be portable?


Buildings are one of the biggest energy consumers, so if you don’t need to heat and cool your office as much, there are huge benefits for the planet – and for your budget.

Game of Thermostat: The battle to find the optimal office temperature


While it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of setting new goals, always remember the big picture. The goals you set need to be realistic and in line with your organisation, while keeping in mind team morale and employee motivation.

How to set realistic goals and objectives


Paul Luczak CPA’s decision to launch The Gild Group stems from his two passions – music and numbers. Photo: Jarrod Barnes.

Musical numbers: inside The Gild Group's dual passions


Containers are loaded off a ship and onto trucks at a container terminal in Hong Kong.

Top business issues for 2020


Getting fiscal stimulus right for Australia's economy


The Australian government may provide a guarantee for 15 per cent of the loan for first home buyers, but buyers still have to be able to pay back what they borrow.

New first-home buyers' scheme - good economics or bad?


The original idea for bron.tech was sparked by co-founder Emma Poposka's frustration at gathering her personal data for an immigration visa to Australia from Macedonia in 2015. The price tag? Nearly A$10,000.

Australian start-up bron.tech turns blockchain data into digital identity solutions


One of the biggest reasons to attend events is the connections you can make.

Attending events: good for professional development or no?


Peter Scutt, co-founder of Mable, a peer-to-peer marketplace for aged care and disability services.

Mable takes a new approach to the age-old issue of eldercare


Feeling overextended means it is time for a change by adjusting long working hours, improving your recovery strategies or recruiting assistance.

Can you work too much overtime?


The compensation scheme, intended to assist consumers who suffer loss from financial services entities, is yet to be established – is it a good idea?

Does the finance industry need a compensation scheme of last resort?


A wellness program should be a key component of every company’s culture development but making it compulsory would cross the line in terms of responsibility and open a liability can of worms.

Workplace wellness programs - should they be mandatory?


A challenge for CFOs is to partner with their technology peers, using newly available data analytics tools to complement traditional accounting information for better performance.

The top challenges for today's CFO


The risk management plan Ron Flood CPA devised years earlier provided business continuity while he underwent cancer treatment.

When illness strikes: How a risk management plan for your accounting practice pays off


To make unlimited annual leave work, trust and transparency are essential.

Should you offer unlimited annual leave?


Good boss or good company - do you have to choose?

Good boss or good company: which is better for you?


Three experts forecast what the top issues will be for global business in 2019.

Business forecast 2019: the top issues


Three experts debate whether reverse mortgages are a good idea for Australia's retirees.

Are reverse mortgages a good idea for retirees?


No one family is the same, so the decision about whether to charge your adult kids board is a personal one.

Should young adults pay board to their parents?