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25 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 25 October 2018

This fortnight, we have continued to strongly promote our longstanding call for bipartisan commitment to increase the payroll tax threshold from $650,000 to $850,000, so Victorian small and medium businesses can be encouraged to grow and employ more people.

Ahead of the State Election, as part of our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria campaign, we have interviewed two Victorian Chamber members who shared their views on the negative impact of payroll tax on job creation in our state.

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25 Oct
Victorian Environment Protection law is changing

The new Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 completed its passage through the Victorian Parliament recently, and is now scheduled for commencement on 1 July 2020.

With the proactive General Environmental Duty (GED) being introduced for the first time for employers and commercial operators, these new laws will have a strofanger and broader application across all organisations. The laws create a proactive duty of care, and potential breaches rely on the same performance standard that current OHS Laws require i.e. so far as is reasonably practicable.

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25 Oct
Four weeks to go: Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria election campaign

With the Victorian election just over four weeks away, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria state election campaign is continuing to secure significant commitments to our priorities from both major parties including, the Melbourne Airport rail link, the North East Link, high-speed regional rail and a safer business environment.

The campaign has been successfully targeting members of parliament, candidates and policy decision makers to ensure that business priorities are front and centre of the political agenda.

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12 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 12 October 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber was proud to launch the spring issue of our Business Excellence magazine. This education, skills and training-themed edition, titled Knowledge is Power, features insights from Victorian Ministers and Shadow Ministers on their election priorities surrounding skills shortages and traineeships, as well as a special interview with the Victorian Skills Commissioner regarding progression of our state’s TAFE sector and VET system.

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11 Oct
Launch of Labour Hire Licensing Authority

 

The Victorian Government has recently launched the Labour Hire Licensing Authority website.

The website provides information on the new licensing scheme and what it means for Victorian labour hire providers, hosts and workers.

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11 Oct
Focus on contractor management in health and safety month

Late last month a Victorian business was found to have failed to provide fall protection for maintenance contractors working on its site and has now been given a criminal conviction, and legally fined $380,000, after a maintenance contractor fell over seven metres through a plant room roof and received fatal injuries.

The County Court found that before the November 2014 incident, WF Montague Pty Ltd had contracted Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Services Pty Ltd (CIRS) to maintain refrigeration equipment at its cold storage facilities.

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11 Oct
Changes to penalty rates in the Retail Industry

 

On 27 September 2018 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) published a decision affecting penalty rates within the General Retail Industry Award 2010.

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11 Oct
Smoking no excuse: Unfair dismissal claim rejected

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has found an employee’s ‘repeated and wilful breaches’ of a company’s smoking policy provided a valid and fair reason for the termination of their employment, highlighting the importance of well communicated policies for businesses. The Commission acknowledged the long term employee was a hard worker who had received no complaints for his performance performance, however this was not enough to convince them the dismissal was harsh and unwarranted.

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11 Oct
Upcoming ‘Change the Rules’ ACTU Rallies

 

As members may be aware, a rally is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 23 October 2018 in Melbourne as part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) ‘Change the Rules’ campaign. The rally is scheduled to take place from 10:30am – 12:30pm and is expected to follow a route from Trades Hall in Carlton down Swanston Street to Federation Square.

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