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12 Apr
New transport projects announced to reduce congestion

Both major parties have made commitments to new transport infrastructure projects this week in an aim to reduce congestion and increase connectivity across Melbourne.

The Victorian Chamber has been a long-term advocate for investment in Melbourne’s infrastructure, and these projects will be vital to unlocking economic growth and job opportunities across Melbourne.

The Mordialloc Freeway project:

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12 Apr
Employee’s resignation ruled as grounds for unfair dismissal claim

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) granted permission to appeal an unfair dismissal claim made against an aged care home in NSW. Permission was granted as it was uncertain whether the employee was dismissed within the meaning of the meaning of s.386 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) (the Act). The Act states “a person has been dismissed if: (a) the person’s employment with his or her employer has been terminated on the employer’s initiative”. 

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12 Apr
Think young, think safe!

Saturday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’, focusing on young workers. WorkSafe Victoria’s claim data highlights that up to 50 young workers (aged 15 to 24) are injured in Victoria each week.

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12 Apr
Extension of time decision has been appealed and quashed at the Fair Work Commission

An employee has been granted permission to appeal a decision to dismiss an application made 43 days out of time. The original decision has been quashed and matter will be listed for a rehearing.

The employee, who had been employed since August 2014, suffered a work-related ankle injury in July 2017 and was unable to attend work for two months. When the employee was fit to return to work he was informed there was no work available. As a consequence the employee was dismissed on 21 September 2017.

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28 Mar
From the Executive - 29 March 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber launched the autumn edition of our Business Excellence magazine, which has a special “Regional Victoria” theme. If you are yet to view this issue, I encourage you to access a copy online and read some of the insightful articles, including the launch of our 2018 State Election priorities, our new collaborative innovation initiative ‘Ignite,' comment from Victorian politicians, features from Victorian Chamber and Melbourne Chamber members, event coverage and much more.

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28 Mar
Volunteer permitted to pursue stop bullying application

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has granted a volunteer the right to pursue an order to stop bullying against the organisation for which they provided their services and fourteen of its directors. The applicant’s volunteer work saw him assisting veteran members to access welfare services. The applicant submitted the application following the initiation of a show cause process and a possible expulsion from membership.

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28 Mar
Social media use - complaints not compulsory before employers step in says Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently ruled an employer had a valid reason to dismiss an employee who used Facebook out of work hours to distribute pornographic material to 19 employees, as well as a union official, despite no complaint being raised.

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27 Mar
New pilot visa scheme to attract global talent

On March 19, the Federal Government announced a trial visa scheme to make it easier for established businesses and tech start-ups to hire international talent for highly skilled roles.

From 1 July 2018, the Global Talent Scheme will be piloted for 12 months. It will have two streams:

1. Businesses who are publicly listed or have an annual turnover of more than $4 million

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27 Mar
OHS Compliance Code Update

Five new OHS Compliance Codes have been released by WorkSafe Victoria.

Compliance codes provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under occupational health and safety legislation.

If you comply with a code, you are deemed to comply with the Act or Regulation duty covered by the code, making them worthwhile reviewing and following. However, codes are not mandatory and duty holders may choose to use some other way to achieve compliance.

The newly released Compliance Codes are:

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26 Mar
Out of time application dismissed despite representative error

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has dismissed an employee’s unfair dismissal application lodged 5 days late. The employee was dismissed for misconduct on 18 October 2017 with immediate effect. On 23 October he instructed a lawyer to lodge an unfair dismissal application on his behalf.  The instructions were accepted, however the application was not submitted until 13 November 2017, 26 days after the dismissal took effect.

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