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29 Aug
New Videos Explaining WorkCover Insurance an Australian first by EML

At the Victorian Chamber we know all too well that small to medium sized employer organisations often find Workers’ Compensation Premium calculations complex. How the premium is calculated each year, what discount options employers can access, and what to pay by when can be difficult to understand.

 

EML, one of Victoria’s Workers Compensation insurers, recently released a simple and interactive video package to make it easier for employers who insure with them to understand renewing their WorkCover insurance premium.

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29 Aug
Victoria’s new general environmental duty

The Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 passed through Parliament on 22 August 2018 and is set to become law on 1 July 2020. Businesses now have two years to prepare for the new environmental framework.

The new environmental laws will introduce a criminally enforceable general environmental duty that puts prevention at the centre of environmental protection.

Here is what it will mean for business in Victoria.

Criminal or civil penalties may apply if steps are not taken to minimise the risk of environmental harm

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29 Aug
Application to reduce redundancy pay dismissed

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has dismissed an application to reduce the amount of redundancy pay owing to a former employee. In March 2018, the electrical business made a team leader redundant following a restructure of the sales team.  

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17 Aug
Significant decision - Calculation of Personal leave entitlements

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission has thrown into question personal leave calculations and accruals.

With the introduction of the Fair Work Act, the National Employment Standards ('NES') were introduced, including an entitlement to 10 days personal leave (for the purposes of personal illness or carers leave).

The interpretation of the 10 days personal leave following the introduction of the Fair Work Act, was that personal leave days were accrued for full time employees at the rate of 7.6 hours per day, which was based on the 38-hour working week.

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17 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 17 August 2018

In the lead-up to the State Election we are ensuring businesses priorities are front and centre on the political agenda.

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17 Aug
Sitting Week Update

In the first sitting week of the Victorian Parliament in August 2018, both the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill 2018 and the Environment Protection Amendment (EPA) Bill 2018 passed through the Legislative Council.

The Victorian Chamber worked closely with the Government and Opposition on both pieces of legislation. The Chamber’s advocacy on behalf of Victorian business was well received and given considered attention during the debate of both bills.

Local Jobs First Bill

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14 Aug
Fair Work Commission upholds dismissal of beer throwing employee

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has upheld the dismissal of an employee who threw a glass of beer at an out of hours Christmas party.

The business held a staff Christmas party on 25 November 2017 which was organised by section leaders. Food and drink was paid for by the business. However, the employee claimed it was not an official business function.

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14 Aug
WorkSafe’s new mental health and wellbeing toolkit

WorkSafe Victoria has recently released its WorkWell Toolkit to help small (1-29 staff) and medium (30+ staff) sized businesses create mentally healthy workplaces.

The WorkWell Toolkit is an online tool which supports workplaces to take steps to make a positive difference to workplace mental health by providing practical actions and resources tailored to each business.

Users will work through four simple stages to then be guided towards recommended actions for improvement:

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14 Aug
‘Fanciful’ argument unsuccessful in proving employee on fixed term contract was not dismissed

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (the “Commission”) has found a traffic warden employed on an ‘outer limit’ contract, whose employment ended by virtue of the ‘end date’ was dismissed.

The applicant was employed on a series of fixed term contracts before being employed as a casual from March 2011 to February 2017 without signing a contract. In 2017 the applicant was again required to sign a new fixed term contract.

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14 Aug
Cleaning businesses to be licensed under new labour hire scheme

The Victorian Government has recently released draft regulations and a regulatory impact statement detailing how Victoria’s labour hire licensing legislation will operate in practice.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opposed the labour hire licensing scheme since it was announced by the Government last year.  The scheme will impose additional costs and red tape on business operating in the sector.

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