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13 Aug
Rooftop solar: should you install now or wait?

When it comes to installing commercial solar systems, business owners naturally seek to maximise their return on investment. While there are over 15,000 commercial solar systems installed across Australia saving businesses $64 million in power bills every year, many business owners debate whether now is the best time to go solar.

Waiting for better technology and lower price

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31 Jul
Entrepreneur Nicole Eckels shares her recipe for success at Women in Business

The importance of strategic recruitment, continually building your professional network and developing employees’ sense of ownership were among the many business lessons shared by entrepreneur Nicole Eckels at yesterday’s Women in Business lunch in Melbourne.

The US-born co-founder of Glasshouse Fragrances entertained the 250-strong audience with the story of how, in 2006, she came to create what is now a leading Australian home fragrance brand with upward of 100 staff and $50 million in turnover.

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31 Jul
Sloppy investigation sees employee reinstated

A NSW mine employee who threatened colleagues with violence has won his unfair dismissal claim because his employer failed to investigate complaints correctly.

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28 Jul
‘Raising the bar’ not bullying, Commission finds

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an employee’s argument that changes to internal processes at her organisation posed a risk to her health and safety.

The organisation introduced significant changes to a job placement program, designed to increase efficiency and ‘raise the bar’ across the business.  The long-standing employee claimed the extra workload and resulting performance management posed a risk to her health and safety and applied to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop bullying.

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22 Jul
What’s happening with the Paid Parental Leave Bill?

Earlier this year the Federal Government announced a plan to overhaul its paid parental leave scheme. Under the current scheme, an expectant parent can be eligible for both Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave and an employer scheme. The Federal Government has labelled this “double dipping,” and wants to ensure that employees only receive one parental leave payment.

If the new bill is legislated it will mean that:

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14 Jul
Team leader’s dismissal unfair, despite loutish behaviour

The dismissal of a team leader who verbally abused and sexually harassed colleagues was harsh and unjust, according to the Fair Work Commission.

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08 Jul
Employer faces $20k penalty over 'unreasonable' performance targets

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has awarded $20,000 to a former manager of a real estate agency due to “significantly punitive” performance management practices by her employer.

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08 Jul
Employer within rights to terminate staff member on sick leave, court finds

A recent Federal Court decision has found that an employer did not take adverse action against an employee in making him redundant while on personal leave.

At the end of 2012, the company consulted with all employees about a restructure including reviewing the skillsets necessary for new positions. The claimant was determined by his manager not to have the skills to fulfil the expanded duties of his current role and offered a different position.

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27 May
Making the most of Melbourne – Australia's knowledge city

Professor Sharon Lewin is a Melburnian achieving great things on the world stage. The HIV scientist and infectious diseases physician joined 300 people at our Women in Business breakfast last week to talk with Alicia Loxley about women in leadership roles, Melbourne as an international centre for medical research and how close we are to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

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11 Mar
Dana Thomas on the Gods and Kings of Fashion

On Thursday 19 March fashion writer Dana Thomas joins the Victorian Chamber Women in Business Lunch to discuss the profit and loss of creativity. Here she gives her take on the business of fashion and its demands on creativity.

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