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09 Nov
From the Chief Executive - 09 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.

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08 Nov
Free Mental Health Training and Consulting for Victorian Businesses

The Victorian Chamber is offering free mental health training and consulting to small and medium businesses that employ young workers (under the age of 25) in Victoria. Our Mental Health Essentials program is an important and exciting initiative that will improve the mental health of Victorian employees.

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08 Nov
Changes to workplace health and safety consultation processes

It’s well known that achieving a great safety culture at work is heavily reliant on effective employee communication, consultation and involvement in workplace safety matters.

The Victorian Government recognised this in a recent review of Worksafe Victoria’s approaches to consultation and made an important legislative amendment in September this year. The legal change enhances the requirements for employers to consult with health and safety representatives (HSRs) and employees in the workplace regarding health and safety.

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08 Nov
Victorian Chamber priorities for tackling red tape

The Victorian Chamber recently made a submission to the Senate Red Tape Committee inquiry into policy and process to limit and reduce red tape

The Senate Red Tape Committee was established to examine the effects of red tape on the economy and community and identify opportunities for tackling red tape.

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08 Nov
Liquor and Gaming Regulation Changes

Businesses with liquor or gaming licenses need to be aware of a number of changes to regulation that commenced in September and October this year.

It is the responsibility of licensed businesses to ensure they understand their obligations and to make the necessary arrangements to ensure they remain compliant.

These changes relate to matters including:

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08 Nov
Long Service Leave Changes in Victoria: New legislation commences

In May 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Long Service Leave Act 2018. This legislation came into effect this week, replacing the old Long Service Leave Act 1992.

The new act updates and modernises Victorian long service leave laws to align with the current industrial environment.

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08 Nov
Summary dismissal of erratic bus driver upheld

Overview of the facts
A bus driver employed by a Western Australian small business has had their unfair dismissal claim rejected by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).  The driver had been employed by the business since 2014 to drive children to and from school. The business chose to summarily dismiss the driver for serious misconduct following a series of verbal and written complaints from concerned parents.

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25 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 25 October 2018

This fortnight, we have continued to strongly promote our longstanding 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.

Ahead of the State Election, as part of our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria campaign, we have interviewed two Victorian Chamber members who shared their views on the negative impact of payroll tax on job creation in our state.

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25 Oct
Victorian Environment Protection law is changing

The new Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 completed its passage through the Victorian Parliament recently, and is now scheduled for commencement on 1 July 2020.

With the proactive General Environmental Duty (GED) being introduced for the first time for employers and commercial operators, these new laws will have a strofanger and broader application across all organisations. The laws create a proactive duty of care, and potential breaches rely on the same performance standard that current OHS Laws require i.e. so far as is reasonably practicable.

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