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01 Aug
New legislation with strong implications for business before Parliament

With only 12 sitting days left until the 2018 State Election, the Victorian Parliament has turned its attention to two important legislative proposals that will have important implications for Victorian business.

The Victorian Government is seeking to put local jobs first with legislation that will mandate minimum local content on major Victorian projects. The government is also proposing new environmental protection laws to strengthen risk management practices for preventing waste and pollution.

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01 Aug
Contractor management and OHS – getting it right!

On Friday 13 July 2018 a free-range egg producer in Navarre near Stawell was convicted and fined $230,000.00 following the death of a contractor in an incident which involved a front end loader. The company, Grampians Free Range Poultry, pleaded guilty in the Horsham County Court to contravening section 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, 2004, by failing to provide a workplace that was safe and without risk to health.

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01 Aug
Inflexibility towards Pilates classes leads to successful unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined an employee who was summarily dismissed for refusing to sign a new employment contract was unfairly dismissed.

The employee, an Online Campaign Manager, was dismissed by the online digital marketing agency (“Business”) on 6 November 2017, when they contested changes sought to be introduced into the terms and conditions of employment.

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01 Aug
Family and domestic violence leave model clause added to modern awards

The Fair Work Commission has released 123 determinations varying all modern awards to include the model term for unpaid family and domestic violence leave from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 August 2018.

The entitlement has the following features:

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20 Jul
From the Chief Executive - 20 July 2018

Today, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to welcome almost 300 people to the second of our ignite innovation series, hosted in partnership with Victoria University (VU) at the MCG.

The event brought together businesses, researchers, academics, investors, industry collaborators and innovation lovers to learn about sports science and explore how a partnership with VU can help get projects off the ground.

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19 Jul
Energy cost relief on the way? An update on the National Energy Guarantee and energy market reform

After years of increasing energy costs and concerns about declining reliability and energy security, it looks like there is some good news for the business community, as energy wholesale prices are forecast to fall.

The ASX gas and electricity futures show future declines in Victorian wholesale electricity prices and a levelling off of Victorian wholesale gas prices (chart above).

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18 Jul
Enterprise bargaining Full Bench decision – a further BOOT for employers

A recent five-member Full Bench decision delivered a ruling affirming that the BOOT (“Better Off Overall Test”) will apply to each and every employee, on an individual basis. EVERY individual employee must be ‘Better Off Overall’.

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18 Jul
John Holland Group awarded the 2018 Victoria Day Council Award for Good Corporate Citizen

Congratulations to MCC member, John Holland Group, winner of the 2018 Victoria Day Council Award for Good Corporate Citizen.

As one of Australia’s leading construction companies, John Holland Group is strongly committed to incorporating local and community needs into its projects, and in all areas of operations, to deliver sustainable outcomes and community benefits in the form of a contribution of funding, labour, skills and knowledge.

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18 Jul
Managing workers’ compensation in small business

Small business accounts for more than 95% of all Australian businesses, and are responsible for the health and safety of approximately 4.8 million workers. For most small businesses, a workers' compensation claim may only occur once every several years. For many employers, they pay their premium annually and have no further contact or relationship with their insurer.

One of the most challenging elements of workers' compensation schemes is the number of stakeholders involved, and the various relationships that exist between these stakeholders.

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18 Jul
An employee’s dismissal deemed unfair and unreasonable due to HR manager’s flawed process

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ruled an employee’s dismissal to be unfair and unreasonable as prohibited in s. 385 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth).

The employee, a project manager, employed on 29 March 2017, received a formal warning letter on 17 November 2017. The warning letter listed various concerns regarding the employee’s conduct and performance including, but not limited to: failing to comply with the director directions; deliver projects on time and within budget; and maintain communication with clients.

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