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22 Nov
Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

The Victorian Government has announced an Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce.

The inquiry, chaired by former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria. It will also examine contracting arrangements, and whether these are being used to avoid workplace laws and other statutory obligations.

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19 Nov
Victorian Chamber's top tips for navigating the festive season

With the end of 2018 quickly approaching many businesses are in the midst of organising workplace celebrations and Christmas close down.

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While enjoying the season, celebrating success and rewarding high performance are all high on the priority list so too should employee safety and reinforcing appropriate conduct. Businesses should consider their strategy for mitigating adverse outcomes. Below are some top tips for navigating the festive season:

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19 Nov
Reinstatement ordered following 'harsh' small business dismissal

A small business has been ordered to reinstate an employee, after it was found that the dismissal was harsh, and not consistent with the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code (the Code).

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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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