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From the Chief Executive - 1 September 2017

Submitted on Friday, 1st September 2017

The Victorian Chamber has been advocating on behalf of Victorian businesses in advance of the proposed new Long Service Leave Bill 2017 to be discussed in State Parliament next week. Our view is that many parts of this Bill will disadvantage employers and create a significant administration burden for businesses.

The Victorian Chamber is calling for Parliament to amend parts of this Bill because under the changes, employers would face extra costs, increased penalties and be required to adhere to a new record keeping obligation with extra complexity when calculating entitlements.

While it is reasonable to seek to bring long service leave legislation up to date and make it easier to administer, efforts to ‘modernise’ long service leave should not be used as an excuse to increase benefits to employees, without considering that employers will bear the cost. More information on our position on this issue is available here.

Meanwhile with footy finals now upon us, spring is just around the corner. This is a perfect time to do a ‘spring clean’ in your business, look at ways you can improve your productivity and processes and ways you can develop your staff. With a comprehensive outline available in the Victorian Chamber’s Course Directory, I encourage you all to take a look to see what courses may be useful for your business.

On Tuesday we partnered with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host the Mobile-ising Women in Business event at Zinc, Federation Square, opened by Minister for Small Business the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP.  This was once again a great success with a variety of interesting speakers and presentations. But don’t worry if you missed out this time because we have a number of other great events planned at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry including a business breakfast at the Sofitel Melbourne on ‘Cyber Security in a Digital World’.

This event, on 7 September, will feature Alastair MacGibbon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, presenting on the Federal Government’s Cyber Security Strategy. If you want practical insights on ways to plan, respond and innovate in your business’ cyber security strategy, register to attend this event here

Mark Stone AM

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