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Five tips to help you prepare for, respond to and manage the ‘Great Resignation’

There has been a substantial increase in staff turnover around the world as restrictions ease and employees have been able to return to the workplace. Here are some simple tips to help ensure your business can adapt and tackle the great resignation head on.

01 December 2021

workplace relations

Putting wage underpayments and the FWO approach under the microscope

As many businesses continue to grapple with the complex laws around wages, mistakes can easily be made and quickly add up to substantial underpayments.

29 November 2021

workplace relations

Unlawfully stood down worker loses compensation battle

The Fair Work Commission has refused to award compensation to a hotel worker who would not agree to a temporary reduction in hours, despite finding that she was unlawfully stood down. The Commission maintained she failed to “share the burden of the pandemic.”

24 November 2021

workplace relations

FWC finds company’s working arrangement “exceptionally flexible and considerate” after worker dismissal

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed a company’s rejected request for an employee to return to full-time hours was consistent with the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code and did not warrant an unfair dismissal.

19 November 2021

policy and advocacy

Help shape the future of gender equality in the workplace

The Victorian Chamber is delighted to extend an invitation to our members and clients to participate in a design workshop to help identify innovative and practical education approaches to improve equality in the workplace.

17 November 2021

workplace relations

What to consider when using rapid antigen testing in the workplace

We know business and workers need to do their bit to manage and slow the spread of COVID-19. Every business should: have a COVIDSafe plan; provide hand sanitiser; regularly clean high-touch surfaces; comply with rules regarding vaccination; ensure staff wear face masks where required; and use QR codes. In addition, some businesses must conduct COVID-19 surveillance tests and some are recommended to implement a testing scheme.

16 November 2021

workplace relations

Enterprise bargaining; don’t dive in headfirst!

Enterprise bargaining can be an intimidating and tiring task. Make sure you invest time in planning and developing your bargaining strategy before you begin the process.

09 November 2021

workplace relations

“Procedurally disastrous.” Employee awarded compensation despite being dismissed for ‘serious misconduct’

The Fair Work Commission has determined an employee’s dismissal was unfair despite finding the staff member guilty of engaging in sexual harassment.

28 October 2021

workplace relations

How to plan for an end-of-year work function and minimise the risks

With vaccination numbers increasing daily and lockdown lifting, businesses are starting to consider what an end-of-year celebration may look like in 2021. It is expected many will take the opportunity to catch-up in-person, either on the worksite or by supporting their local restaurants or pubs.

27 October 2021

covid 19

The Victorian Chamber's tips for handling vaccination certificates

With the hospitality and retail sectors in the process of reopening their doors and workplaces welcoming staff back to their offices in coming weeks, focus has shifted to how businesses should request and handle COVID-19 vaccine certificates and vaccination information.

25 October 2021

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

Five tips to help you prepare for, respond to and manage the ‘Great Resignation’

01 December 2021

workplace relations

Putting wage underpayments and the FWO approach under the microscope

29 November 2021

workplace relations

Unlawfully stood down worker loses compensation battle

24 November 2021

workplace relations

FWC finds company’s working arrangement “exceptionally flexible and considerate” after worker dismissal

19 November 2021

policy and advocacy

Help shape the future of gender equality in the workplace

17 November 2021

workplace relations

What to consider when using rapid antigen testing in the workplace

16 November 2021

workplace relations

Enterprise bargaining; don’t dive in headfirst!

09 November 2021

workplace relations

“Procedurally disastrous.” Employee awarded compensation despite being dismissed for ‘serious misconduct’

28 October 2021

workplace relations

How to plan for an end-of-year work function and minimise the risks

27 October 2021

covid 19

The Victorian Chamber's tips for handling vaccination certificates

25 October 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