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From the Chief Executive - 19 December 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber released the summer edition of our Business Excellence magazine, which has a special focus on innovation and ICT. In the constantly changing global marketplace, innovation and new technologies hold the key to business success, and this issue bravely pushes the boundaries of the ever-evolving "new".

19 December 2018

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New regulations limit casual double dipping

The Federal Government introduced a variation to the Fair Work Regulations 2009 to prevent casual employees from ‘double dipping’ and claiming entitlements provided to permanent employees in the National Employment Standards (NES) in addition to their casual loading. The amendment provides employers with the ability to make a claim for casual loading amounts to be taken into consideration when determining any amounts payable to employees in lieu of relevant NES entitlements.

19 December 2018

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Changes to Enterprise Agreement lodgement forms

The Fair Work Commission has amended the following enterprise agreement approval forms: F16 Application for approval of enterprise agreement (other than a greenfields agreement), F17 Employer's statutory declaration in support of an application for approval of an enterprise agreement (other than a greenfields agreement), and F18 Statutory declaration of employee organisation in relation to an application for approval of an enterprise agreement (other than a greenfields agreement).

18 December 2018

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Employers, you need to prepare for working in heat

The recent day or two above 35 degrees is a timely warning of the need to identify the hazards of working in heat and ensure your people do not suffer heat related illness or injury over summer.

17 December 2018

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Labor outlines workplace relations agenda

In an address to the National Press Club on Wednesday 12 December 2018, the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor has clearly outlined Labor’s workplace relations agenda going into the next election.

17 December 2018

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Business Excellence magazine Summer 2018

Brighter business ideas. The innovation and ICT edition.

14 December 2018

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Fair Work Act Notice

In accordance with Section 159 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act, the VCCI has today lodged a notice with the Fair Work Commission advising of an alteration to its Rules. At this year’s AGM, it was resolved to alter Rule 2 of the Rules to state the current address of the VCCI as level 2,150 Collins Street Melbourne. Section 159 requires the General Manager of the FWC to certify that the alteration has been in compliance with the Rules and the Act.

14 December 2018

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Q&A Hot Topic with Dr Amanda Caples

Sparking innovative new concepts with diverse partners across government, the education sector and business is all in a day’s work for Victoria’s Chief Scientist Dr Amanda Caples.

14 December 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 7 December 2018

Last week, we congratulated the Hon Daniel Andrews MP and the Victorian Labor party on their success in the 2018 State Election. We look forward to a public-private partnership of growth and prosperity with the State Government, over the next four years.

07 December 2018

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Demotion of Projects Co-ordinator constitutes dismissal

A Projects Co-ordinator who was demoted to a boilermaker position following alleged performance deterioration has been found to be unfairly dismissed. This case highlights how demotion of an employee, involving significant reductions in duties or remuneration, may constitute a termination of employment, leaving businesses vulnerable to successful claims of unfair dismissal and potential compensation payments.

04 December 2018

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Industrial Manslaughter headed for Victorian OHS Law?

According to commitments Daniel Andrews made in May this year the recently re-elected Labour government intends to introduce the industrial manslaughter offence to the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. This commitment included Australia's potential highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million.

04 December 2018

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New grant for cyber security health checks

The Australian Government’s new Cyber Security Small Business Program launched this week. The program provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.

04 December 2018

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Focus on safety in the festive season

In the last two weeks there has been significant media coverage of two tragic workplace fatalities involving a high voltage explosion at a Latrobe Valley Power Station and a young worker’s death in a confined space in Melbourne.

23 November 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 23 November 2018

Tomorrow, Victorians will line-up to cast their vote and decide who will lead our state for the next four years.The Victorian Chamber encourages you to vote for a party that will back business and grow jobs. On your ballot paper, make sure you put a major party first. A minority government can cause political chaos and uncertainty for Victoria, only a major party can deliver on their promises.

23 November 2018

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Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

The inquiry, chaired by former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria. It will also examine contracting arrangements, and whether these are being used to avoid workplace laws and other statutory obligations.

22 November 2018

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From the Chief Executive - 9 November 2018

The State Election countdown has started… We are only two weeks away from November’s election and both major parties have officially launched their campaigns.

09 November 2018