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An employer’s guide to understanding leave entitlements, reducing excessive leave balances and managing long-term absences

Given the numerous lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty faced by employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are finding themselves carrying the financial burden of increasing leave accrual - or, in a position where they are struggling to cover gaps due to long-term absences. Understanding leave entitlements and what an employer can and cannot do in this space is vital. The Victorian Chamber encourages businesses to act now to ensure responsibilities and obligations are understood.

29 September 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

chief executive update

Opinion piece by Chief Executive Paul Guerra: World is leaving us behind

I had a close friend message me from London on the weekend, as he sat comfortably in a coffee shop on Regent Street.

30 September 2021

covid 19

More financial support to get Victorian businesses and workers through final weeks of lockdown

The State and Federal Governments have announced a further $2.27 billion in grants and financial support to assist Victorian businesses and workers struggling through the final weeks of lockdown.

30 September 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

COVID-19 vaccinations mandated for Victoria’s authorised workers, what you need to know

Victorian businesses have today received the clarity and certainty they have been waiting for, with the State Government’s announcement that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for all Victorian authorised workers.

01 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

chief executive update

Opinion piece by Chief Executive Paul Guerra: Jab orders needed to get us moving

Businesses and workers have sacrificed, suffered and done their bit to protect us all from COVID-19. They stayed closed, in some cases without work, pivoted their services to keep Victorians employed and many lost what they had spent years building. Businesses across the State are in crisis.

05 October 2021

chief executive update

Chief Executive Update 6 October 2021

October is finally here, and we are three weeks or less from hitting the 70 per cent target to start the reopening. It’s within sight now, and we can finally start to think about waving goodbye to lockdowns forever. The Victorian Chamber is continuing our push for the State Government to revise openings at both the 70 and 80 per cent targets.

06 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

education and training

SummerTech LIVE program returns to tackle digital tech problems

Do you have a technology problem that you desperately want to solve but don’t know the personnel or resource to do it? Then read on because the SummerTech LIVE program could be the answer you are looking for.

07 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

AGL: Keeping the lights on for millions of Australians during COVID-19

From the pre-existing challenges facing Australia’s energy industry to the obstacles the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, AGL has continued to uphold its commitment to keeping the lights on, the gas flowing and providing reliable and affordable energy for millions of Australians.

Fast Five

11 October 2021

infrastructure

Suburban Rail Loop offering major benefits for Victorians and industry

The Suburban Rail Loop released its Business and Investment Case in August 2021 outlining how it will deliver more jobs, better services, and access to housing as Victoria continues to grow.

12 October 2021

trade and exports

Sourcing from China: Top tips for Victorian businesses

While China is an attractive export market for Australia, it also remains the prime sourcing destination for many Australian companies. Finding suppliers is not that hard these days thanks to the internet; however, there are some common pitfalls to watch out for.

13 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


workplace relations

An employer’s guide to understanding leave entitlements, reducing excessive leave balances and managing long-term absences

29 September 2021

covid 19

Victorian Roadmap survey: Victorian businesses have their say

29 September 2021

chief executive update

Opinion piece by Chief Executive Paul Guerra: World is leaving us behind

30 September 2021

covid 19

More financial support to get Victorian businesses and workers through final weeks of lockdown

30 September 2021

workplace relations

Employee's 10 per cent pay cut classified as unfair dismissal by the Fair Work Commission

01 October 2021

covid 19

COVID-19 vaccinations mandated for Victoria’s authorised workers, what you need to know

01 October 2021

workplace relations

Fundamental five: Common mistakes made by businesses when engaging and managing a casual workforce

04 October 2021

chief executive update

Opinion piece by Chief Executive Paul Guerra: Jab orders needed to get us moving

05 October 2021

chief executive update

Chief Executive Update 6 October 2021

06 October 2021

health safety and wellbeing

Recent changes to OHS and other related legislation

06 October 2021

education and training

SummerTech LIVE program returns to tackle digital tech problems

07 October 2021

covid 19

Victorian Chamber guidance for members on vaccination implications

08 October 2021

health safety and wellbeing

AGL: Keeping the lights on for millions of Australians during COVID-19

Fast Five

11 October 2021

infrastructure

Suburban Rail Loop offering major benefits for Victorians and industry

12 October 2021

trade and exports

Sourcing from China: Top tips for Victorian businesses

13 October 2021

workplace relations

FWC orders reinstatement of employee after ‘harsh' and 'unfair’ dismissal

14 October 2021