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18 Jan
From the Chief Executive – Friday 18 January 2019

The new year is well underway and so are our plans for the year ahead. With businesses returning from their summer breaks, January provides a good opportunity to plan and set new goals for 2019. 

With the State Election now behind us, we are focusing our attention on the forthcoming Federal Election – seeking to ensure that Victorian business priorities are at the forefront of the political agenda. 

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18 Jan
Have your say on the on-demand workforce

Does your business provide, use or compete with digital on-demand labour services?

We are looking for businesses to meet with former Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James who is chairing a Victorian Government Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce.

The Victorian Chamber will be hosting several business roundtable discussions on the mornings of:

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16 Jan
Not enough to dismiss an employee without reason within probationary period

Background

The Federal Circuit Court (the Court) has found the dismissal of a retail store supervisor within their probation period was due to complaints she made regarding her employment. No reason for the dismissal had been provided to the employee by the business. The employee was successful in her adverse action application, as the Court ruled the dismissal was connected to the employee accessing a workplace right.

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16 Jan
Workplace health programs: Include your employees and managers during planning

Have you ever organised a mindfulness seminar, lunchtime yoga or a quit-smoking course, simply to discover that engagement is lackluster despite your best efforts?

If so, you are not alone. Recent European research conducted by the University of Southern Denmark has revealed that employee participation in workplace health programs can be as low as 10%. The reason: unsupportive Managers and Supervisors.

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19 Dec
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".

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19 Dec
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.

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18 Dec
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)

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17 Dec
Are you a high voltage electricity customer impacted by the bushfire safety program?

Following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, the Victorian Government has established the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program to reduce the risk of powerlines causing bushfires in the future.

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17 Dec
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.

In his speech, the Shadow Minister outlined that if elected next year, a Labor government will:

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