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Termination for inappropriate workplace comments

A market research company has successfully defended an unfair dismissal claim submitted by an employee who worked as a market research interviewer. In May 2018 two complaints were lodged against the employee by their immediate supervisor relating to behaviour both in the workplace and on social media.

16 January 2019

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From the Chief Executive - 18 January 2019

The new year is well underway and so are our plans for the year ahead. With businesses returning from their summer breaks, January provides a good opportunity to plan and set new goals for 2019.

18 January 2019

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Have your say on the on-demand workforce

We are looking for businesses to meet with former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James who is chairing a Victorian Government Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce.

18 January 2019

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First director jailed for reckless behaviour

A company owner will spend six months in jail, after accepting her sentence for recklessly endangering and killing an employee.

31 January 2019

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From the Chief Executive - 1 February 2019

Today marks the first day of February and the Victorian Chamber is in full swing preparing for the busy year ahead.

01 February 2019

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Australian Chamber Federal Budget Submission

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recently lodged its 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission with the Federal Government.

State and Federal Budgets

14 February 2019

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Genuine redundancy not unfair dismissal

An employee of almost 10 years was made redundant from his role due to an organisational restructure.

14 February 2019

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New young workers' safety "eToolkit" launched in NSW

SafeWork NSW has created a new Young Worker Safety “eToolkit” to help people entering the workforce deal with bullying, abuse by customers, workplace injuries, mental health challenges and other issues.

14 February 2019

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From the Chief Executive - 15 February 2019

We are more than halfway through February and Victoria’s impressive calendar of major events is well underway.

15 February 2019

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Default energy offer could cut bills for 46,000 Victorian small businesses

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomed a new legislation to establish a default energy offer that could reduce the cost of energy for small businesses across the state.

21 February 2019

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Contractor? Or employee? Why it's important to get it right

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has found an independent contractor’s redundancy was ‘harsh, unjust or unreasonable’ after determining his engagement to be that of an employee, rather than a contractor.

28 February 2019

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Is your business facing skills shortages?

Did you know there is a list of occupations specific to Victoria that are eligible for visa applications?

28 February 2019

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Stevedore’s dismissal upheld, but a reminder for employers to consider their Occupational Health and Safety obligations

The dismissal of a Stevedore who presented at work with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of nearly 6 times the limit provided for in a company’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (AOD Policy) has been upheld by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).

28 February 2019

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Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) - Round Two for 2018-19 is now open and closes at midnight, Friday 8 March

The Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) is a targeted, Skills First funding stream. WTIF creates opportunities for the joint exploration of new ideas and solutions to enhance workplace productivity.

28 February 2019

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From the Chief Executive - 1 March 2019

The Victorian Chamber is delighted to formally announce our partnership with the State Government to present the 2019 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards for a second consecutive year.

01 March 2019

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Misjudgement, not contributory negligence

“How much responsibility do employees have for workplace safety?”

14 March 2019