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12 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 12 October 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber was proud to launch the spring issue of our Business Excellence magazine. This education, skills and training-themed edition, titled Knowledge is Power, features insights from Victorian Ministers and Shadow Ministers on their election priorities surrounding skills shortages and traineeships, as well as a special interview with the Victorian Skills Commissioner regarding progression of our state’s TAFE sector and VET system.

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11 Oct
Launch of Labour Hire Licensing Authority

 

The Victorian Government has recently launched the Labour Hire Licensing Authority website.

The website provides information on the new licensing scheme and what it means for Victorian labour hire providers, hosts and workers.

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11 Oct
Focus on contractor management in health and safety month

Late last month a Victorian business was found to have failed to provide fall protection for maintenance contractors working on its site and has now been given a criminal conviction, and legally fined $380,000, after a maintenance contractor fell over seven metres through a plant room roof and received fatal injuries.

The County Court found that before the November 2014 incident, WF Montague Pty Ltd had contracted Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Services Pty Ltd (CIRS) to maintain refrigeration equipment at its cold storage facilities.

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11 Oct
Changes to penalty rates in the Retail Industry

 

On 27 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) published a decision affecting penalty rates within the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

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11 Oct
Smoking no excuse: Unfair dismissal claim rejected

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has found an employee’s ‘repeated and wilful breaches’ of a company’s smoking policy provided a valid and fair reason for the termination of their employment, highlighting the importance of well communicated policies for businesses. The Commission acknowledged the long term employee was a hard worker who had received no complaints for his performance performance, however this was not enough to convince them the dismissal was harsh and unwarranted.

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11 Oct
Upcoming ‘Change the Rules’ ACTU Rallies

 

As members may be aware, a rally is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 23 October 2018 in Melbourne as part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) ‘Change the Rules’ campaign. The rally is scheduled to take place from 10:30am – 12:30pm and is expected to follow a route from Trades Hall in Carlton down Swanston Street to Federation Square.

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27 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 27 September 2018

With less than 60 days until Victoria’s State election, our advocacy is more important than ever to ensure business interests and jobs are front and centre on the political agenda. Our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria State Election campaign is achieving very good results.

This fortnight, we continued our call for bipartisan commitment to increase the payroll tax threshold from $650,000 to $850,000, so Victorian small and medium businesses can be encouraged to grow and employ more people.

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26 Sep
Driving home our business priorities to keep Victoria strong

In the lead up to November’s State Election, the Victorian Chamber is ramping up its advocacy efforts to ensure businesses and jobs are at the forefront of the political agenda.

We have been promoting our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria State Election priorities through a range of campaign activities, including traditional media, digital advertising, individual meetings, business luncheons and events across the state.

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26 Sep
Landmark casual entitlement decision stands as law

Landmark casual entitlement decision stands as law

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26 Sep
Contravention of unfair dismissal order results in record penalties

A technology company has been ordered to pay total penalties of $125,600 for their failure to comply with a Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal order, handed down in October 2014. The record penalties highlight the significant financial risk to business for failing to comply with a Commission orders.

Background

In 2014, Justice Boulton found the company had unfairly dismissed a sales support employee and ordered a compensation payment of 20 weeks’ pay, totalling $20,769.

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