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20 Jun
Employee accused of theft and deceit wins unfair dismissal claim

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ruled an employee’s dismissal to be harsh, unjust and unreasonable as prohibited in s. 387 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth).

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20 Jun
New guidance on managing workplace mental health

Workplace mental health has become a big issue for businesses of all sizes and not only in Australia, but around the world. Business owners, board members, executives and managers at all levels can struggle with workplace mental health as many are unfamiliar with identifying, assessing and controlling psychological hazards. Also, many do not know how to deal with non-work related mental health issues that may impact workplace harmony and productivity.

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20 Jun
Dismissal by phone not recommended, but unfair dismissal claim remains unsuccessful

Informing an employee of their dismissal in any manner other than a face-to-face meeting has been deemed inappropriate by the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”). In a recent case, a beauty therapist was informed of her dismissal by phone. Whilst the Commission ultimately rejected the unfair dismissal claim, it was made clear “informing an employee of their dismissal by phone, text or email” was an inappropriate means “of conveying decision which has such serious ramifications for an employee”. This is an important and clear message.

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08 Jun
From the Chief Executive - 8 June 2018

In partnership with the Victorian Government, the Victorian Chamber was proud to successfully deliver the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards at Palladium at Crown last week.

Over 550 members of the business community gathered to celebrate and recognise the leadership and innovation of Victorian companies within the manufacturing sector, which contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and has seen 13 months of consecutive growth for the first time in a decade.

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06 Jun
Ensure a smooth transition to the new safety accreditation standard, ISO45001

Organisations of all shapes and sizes need to identify, manage and effectively control the workplace hazards and risks to their employees, contractors and visitors under their control.

Currently, the principle guidance framework for this lies in the occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems accreditation requirements of AS/NZ 4801 and OHAS 18001, and many organisations work hard to achieve and maintain these standards.

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06 Jun
3.5% minimum wage increase

On Friday 1 June, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced an increase of 3.5% to the National Minimum Wage, payable from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018. Read FWC’s full decision.

This represents a $24.30-a-week pay rise, with the national minimum wage increasing to $719.20 a week.

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06 Jun
How $80 lead to a successful unfair dismissal claim

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined that an employee who had an $80 weekly allowance revoked has been unfairly dismissed.

The employee, who was employed in late-2011 in a warehouse/forklift driver role, was informed the allowance would no longer be paid as of 27 September 2017.

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06 Jun
Small construction businesses: how can regulations affecting your business be reformed?

The Victorian Government has launched a Small Business Regulation Review into the State’s construction and building sector. The review is designed to cut red tape and improve the experience small businesses have with key industry regulators including Energy Safe Victoria, the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority and WorkSafe.

The review calls for submissions and input from small construction businesses on their experience with regulators and suggestions on what the Government can do to help businesses save time and create jobs.

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25 May
From the Chief Executive - 25 May 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to congratulate newly elected the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp on her win in the City of Melbourne by-election.

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23 May
New labour hire laws returning to Parliament

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 is expected to return to the Legislative Council shortly, after passing in the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Assembly this February.

The Victorian Chamber does not support the introduction of a new licensing scheme as it will impose significant costs on many compliant firms operating in the sector. There is already significant regulation of labour hire under existing laws – we need is better enforcement of these laws, not a new licencing scheme that will cost jobs.

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