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workplace relations

FWC orders reinstatement of employee after ‘harsh' and 'unfair’ dismissal

A long-standing employee who was dismissed after using a mobile phone while operating a forklift will be reinstated after the Fair Work Commission found his dismissal to be ‘harsh and therefore unfair.’

14 October 2021

covid 19

Victorian Chamber guidance for members on vaccination implications

The Victorian Chamber, in partnership with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has produced an employer guide to Victorian Public Health Orders Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace in response to strong demand from members.

08 October 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Recent changes to OHS and other related legislation

The Occupational Health and Safety and other Legislation Amendment Act of 2021 became law as of Wednesday 22 September. Here’s what you need to know.

06 October 2021

workplace relations

Fundamental five: Common mistakes made by businesses when engaging and managing a casual workforce

Casual employment can provide much needed flexibility for businesses, enabling them to quickly expand their workforce to meet demand. However, any business relying on casual labour shouldn’t look at it as a quick fix. Getting it right takes planning, paperwork and proactive management.

04 October 2021

workplace relations

Employee's 10 per cent pay cut classified as unfair dismissal by the Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission has determined an employer who cut a rail worker’s pay by almost $14,000 constituted a dismissal, giving the employee the green light to pursue an unfair dismissal claim.

01 October 2021

covid 19

Victorian Roadmap survey: Victorian businesses have their say

More than 1300 businesses across all sectors, sizes and regions provided feedback to the Victorian Chamber on the State Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan and viewpoints on vaccination conditions. Here are the results.

29 September 2021

workplace relations

An employer’s guide to understanding leave entitlements, reducing excessive leave balances and managing long-term absences

Given the numerous lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty faced by employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are finding themselves carrying the financial burden of increasing leave accrual - or, in a position where they are struggling to cover gaps due to long-term absences. Understanding leave entitlements and what an employer can and cannot do in this space is vital. The Victorian Chamber encourages businesses to act now to ensure responsibilities and obligations are understood.

29 September 2021

workplace relations

Make the most of the virtual environment, tackle workplace conflict head on

Working from home doesn’t mean workplace conflict is a thing of the past. In fact, statistics show it is on the rise. Managing conflict quickly and making the most of virtual tools will help reduce ongoing disputes and legal risks.

20 September 2021

workplace relations

‘Unfair and unexpected.’ FWC rules in favour of dismissed employee

The Fair Work Commission has found a childcare centre unfairly dismissed an employee when it casually sent the staff member a “notice of non-renewal” via email with no prior warning.

15 September 2021

workplace relations

How JobsBank continues to drive positive change and uphold a commitment to increasing employer inclusivity

Working to conquer ‘invisible barriers’ and the challenges faced by job seekers from diverse backgrounds, not-for-profit organisation JobsBank continues to successfully drive change and uphold a commitment to increasing employer inclusivity and fill workforce gaps.

Fast Five

10 September 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission finds unfairly dismissed employee can have their cake and eat it too

The Fair Work Commission has found an employee accused of stealing a cake was unfairly dismissed.

10 September 2021

workplace relations

Are you missing something? Free Employer Health Check can identify gaps in business compliance

The VCCI's new self-assessment tool will help you determine if you have sufficient knowledge and processes within key areas to ensure you understand your obligations.

07 September 2021

workplace relations

Top tips for managing poor employee performance

VCCI's Workplace Relations team is often called by businesses at the point of desperation. Here is a guide on how to prevent an unengaged workforce and dismissal related claims.

06 September 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission considers the difference between resignation and termination

Fair Work Commission finds a five-day break between resigning from a fixed-term position and working a casual shift was not a ‘break in service,’ opening a claim for unfair dismissal.

02 September 2021

member stories

Managing operations and staff mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

While we are constantly reminded of how ‘unprecedented’ the COVID-19 pandemic is for businesses to operate, Monkami has shown the vital role that business continuity plans still play.

Member Stories

31 August 2021

workplace relations

How business should react and respond to an unfair dismissal claim

Unfair dismissal claims are very common. While being proactive and taking legal advice before dismissing an employee is vital, it won't always prevent a claim from being lodged.

26 August 2021


workplace relations

FWC orders reinstatement of employee after ‘harsh' and 'unfair’ dismissal

14 October 2021

covid 19

Victorian Chamber guidance for members on vaccination implications

08 October 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Recent changes to OHS and other related legislation

06 October 2021

workplace relations

Fundamental five: Common mistakes made by businesses when engaging and managing a casual workforce

04 October 2021

workplace relations

Employee's 10 per cent pay cut classified as unfair dismissal by the Fair Work Commission

01 October 2021

covid 19

Victorian Roadmap survey: Victorian businesses have their say

29 September 2021

workplace relations

An employer’s guide to understanding leave entitlements, reducing excessive leave balances and managing long-term absences

29 September 2021

workplace relations

Make the most of the virtual environment, tackle workplace conflict head on

20 September 2021

workplace relations

‘Unfair and unexpected.’ FWC rules in favour of dismissed employee

15 September 2021

workplace relations

How JobsBank continues to drive positive change and uphold a commitment to increasing employer inclusivity

Fast Five

10 September 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission finds unfairly dismissed employee can have their cake and eat it too

10 September 2021

workplace relations

Are you missing something? Free Employer Health Check can identify gaps in business compliance

07 September 2021

workplace relations

Top tips for managing poor employee performance

06 September 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission considers the difference between resignation and termination

02 September 2021

member stories

Managing operations and staff mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Member Stories

31 August 2021

workplace relations

How business should react and respond to an unfair dismissal claim

26 August 2021