News and media

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission rejects truck driver’s breathalyser-fail explanation

When a truck driver was sacked after returning a positive blood alcohol reading during a shift, he argued that something other than alcohol had caused the reading.

15 July 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Sexual harassment now defined as ‘serious misconduct’ in Fair Work Regulations amendment

The definition of 'serious misconduct' has been amended as part of the Fair Work Amendment (Respect at Work) Regulations 2021, to now include sexual harassment.

12 July 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission decides whether a Facebook post is serious misconduct

An employees’ behaviour has been labelled “foolish, naïve and ill-judged” after recommending a competing business to a Facebook Group. But is it grounds for dismissal?

05 July 2021

covid 19

Seek advice before making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in your workplace

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $11 million support package to help facilitate mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all residential aged care workers.

02 July 2021

workplace relations

When changes to a casual employee’s roster amounts to dismissal

A bowling alley technician's unfair dismissal claim has been accepted by the Fair Work Commission as his employment was ended when the roster had been altered.

01 July 2021

covid 19

Expansion of fast-tracked visas to help with COVID-19 skills shortages

The Federal Government has announced an expansion of Australia’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List (PMSOL) following a collective advocacy campaign from the business community.

29 June 2021

workplace relations

New wage theft laws in Victoria: Practical recommendations to navigate upcoming changes

While wage theft laws in Victoria are only now coming into force under the Wage Theft Act 2020 (Vic) (the “Act”), underpayment of wages cases are not new.

25 June 2021

workplace relations

Sacking justified after inappropriate Facebook posts

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has upheld the dismissal of a finance broker who posted a meme about a colleague despite initially seeking and obtaining permission.

22 June 2021

workplace relations

Failure to explore redeployment results in successful unfair dismissal claim

The Fair Work Commission has found that a training business failed to offer a redundant employee suitable redeployment, rendering the redundancy unfair.

17 June 2021

economy

Boost for business as restrictions ease across Victoria

The State Government has today announced a further easing of restrictions for Metropolitan and Regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 17 June in a boost for struggling businesses affected by Lockdown 4.0.

16 June 2021

economy

VCCI helping businesses get workers' compensation back on track

Managing workers’ compensation can be a challenging task, for both experienced practitioners and newcomers alike, which is why so many businesses turn to the Victorian Chamber for support.

10 June 2021

economy

Melbourne lockdown lifts but tight restrictions remain

The State Government has today announced Metropolitan Victoria’s lockdown will end from 11.59pm Thursday 10 June with a further easing of restrictions in Regional Victoria.

09 June 2021

economy

Member survey reveals that 85 per cent of businesses have accessed government support

A Victorian Chamber member survey has revealed that the majority of respondents think that the third round of the Victorian Government’s Business Support Fund package is inadequate.

08 June 2021

workplace relations

Scam victim’s conduct between carelessness and negligence: FWC

A Bank Manager who was dismissed for transferring $37,500 to a fraudster’s account in the frantic early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has been reinstated by the Fair Work Commission.

07 June 2021

workplace relations

FWC delivers major decision on ‘gig economy’ contractors

The Fair Work Commission has ordered a food delivery driver to be reinstated and to receive lost earnings following his unfair dismissal, determining the worker is an employee – not a contractor.

07 June 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Does your business need to have a mental health policy?

Many proactive Victorian businesses are contacting the Victorian Chamber’s Health, Safety, Wellbeing team for help building mentally healthy workplaces. One questionably inevitably arises.

04 June 2021


workplace relations

Fair Work Commission rejects truck driver’s breathalyser-fail explanation

15 July 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Sexual harassment now defined as ‘serious misconduct’ in Fair Work Regulations amendment

12 July 2021

workplace relations

Fair Work Commission decides whether a Facebook post is serious misconduct

05 July 2021

covid 19

Seek advice before making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in your workplace

02 July 2021

workplace relations

When changes to a casual employee’s roster amounts to dismissal

01 July 2021

covid 19

Expansion of fast-tracked visas to help with COVID-19 skills shortages

29 June 2021

workplace relations

New wage theft laws in Victoria: Practical recommendations to navigate upcoming changes

25 June 2021

workplace relations

Sacking justified after inappropriate Facebook posts

22 June 2021

workplace relations

Failure to explore redeployment results in successful unfair dismissal claim

17 June 2021

economy

Boost for business as restrictions ease across Victoria

16 June 2021

economy

VCCI helping businesses get workers' compensation back on track

10 June 2021

economy

Melbourne lockdown lifts but tight restrictions remain

09 June 2021

economy

Member survey reveals that 85 per cent of businesses have accessed government support

08 June 2021

workplace relations

Scam victim’s conduct between carelessness and negligence: FWC

07 June 2021

workplace relations

FWC delivers major decision on ‘gig economy’ contractors

07 June 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Does your business need to have a mental health policy?

04 June 2021