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Fair Work Commission Rules in favour of employer for dismissing an employee for sharing explicit content

A Coles Supermarket employee summarily dismissed for breaching the Code of Conduct by sending inappropriate messages to his manager has had his unfair dismissal claim rejected.

19 January 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 19 January 2018

The New Year is well underway and so is planning for the year ahead. With businesses returning from their summer breaks, January provides a good opportunity to plan and set new goals for 2018.

19 January 2018

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New export support grants announced plus more…

Are you looking for funding to develop international markets, develop or commercialise a new product or boost your business capabilities? The Victorian Government has just released a brand new group of grants under the name ‘Boost your Business’.

19 January 2018

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New Labour Hire Licensing Bill introduced to Parliament

The Victorian Government recently introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which includes a new licensing scheme for Victorian labour hire operators.

19 January 2018

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Ride-share Driver: “Independent contractor not employee” says Fair Work Commission

In a landmark decision, the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has found a worker for a ride-share company was an independent contractor and not an employee, thereby rejecting the worker’s unfair dismissal claim.

19 January 2018

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Workers’ Compensation – Time to take a health check

Are your workers compensation management arrangements up to date and effective or is it time for you to take a health check?

19 January 2018

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A Horror 48 Hrs to starting work in 2018

WorkSafe Victoria has stated that the last few days represent “A "horror" 48 hours” for workplace death and serious injury. Worksafe also stated that “businesses needed to ensure new employees or those returning from holidays understand the risks in their workplaces”.

30 January 2018

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Compensation for power outages

If you experienced a power outage of more than 12 hours or if equipment or appliances were damaged as a result of a power surge or voltage variation, you may be eligible for compensation from your electricity distributor.

30 January 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 2 February 2018

It’s been a busy start to February for the Victorian Chamber team. Recently, we released our January-June 2018 course directory, which includes a wide variety of training programs tailored to cover every part of running a successful, contemporary business. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to view the directory online and see how you and your staff can engage us to assist in moving your business forward.

02 February 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 16 February 2018

Last week, we applauded the Victorian Parliament’s close scrutiny of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. While the bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly, the Coalition’s opposition to the bill is welcomed and signals an urgent need to re-examine this proposed scheme through a parliamentary inquiry. As there is already significant regulation of labour hire under existing laws, the Victorian Chamber is calling for better enforcement of these laws and not for a new licencing scheme that will cost Victorian jobs.

16 February 2018

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Addressing family violence in the workplace

WorkSafe Victoria recently published an PDF information sheet for employers and health and safety representatives (HSRs) to help them understand the impact of family violence in the workplace, and provide information on how to address it.

01 March 2018

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Poor record keeping leads to $120,000 penalty

The Federal Circuit Court (the Court) has ordered penalties of over $120,000 against a plumbing business and its owner after declaring a number of contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). The business was found to have breached a number of terms of their enterprise agreement, including the minimum rates of pay, failing to pay overtime and allowances, and failing to pay personal and annual leave including leave loading.

01 March 2018

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Business Excellence magazine Autumn 2018

The autumn edition of Business Excellence magazine takes you to the furthest corners of our beautiful state with a “Regional Victoria” theme.

01 March 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 2 March 2018

The Victorian Chamber launched our 2018/19 State Budget submission this week. Our key message is that although Victoria is performing well, challenges to growth are also mounting and the Victorian Government must use the May Budget to support business and grow jobs.

02 March 2018

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Ignite your business

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is leading the way in a ground-breaking collaboration with the State’s universities, CSIRO and the Victorian Government to promote and commercialise local innovations and ideas.

15 March 2018

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Employee dismissed for breaches of policies and procedures

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined an employee who presented for work with detectable levels of drugs in his system was not unfairly dismissed.

15 March 2018