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18 Jul
John Holland Group awarded the 2018 Victoria Day Council Award for Good Corporate Citizen

Congratulations to MCC member, John Holland Group, winner of the 2018 Victoria Day Council Award for Good Corporate Citizen.

As one of Australia’s leading construction companies, John Holland Group is strongly committed to incorporating local and community needs into its projects, and in all areas of operations, to deliver sustainable outcomes and community benefits in the form of a contribution of funding, labour, skills and knowledge.

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18 Jul
Managing workers’ compensation in small business

Small business accounts for more than 95% of all Australian businesses, and are responsible for the health and safety of approximately 4.8 million workers. For most small businesses, a workers' compensation claim may only occur once every several years. For many employers, they pay their premium annually and have no further contact or relationship with their insurer.

One of the most challenging elements of workers' compensation schemes is the number of stakeholders involved, and the various relationships that exist between these stakeholders.

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18 Jul
An employee’s dismissal deemed unfair and unreasonable due to HR manager’s flawed process

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ruled an employee’s dismissal to be unfair and unreasonable as prohibited in s. 385 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth).

The employee, a project manager, employed on 29 March 2017, received a formal warning letter on 17 November 2017. The warning letter listed various concerns regarding the employee’s conduct and performance including, but not limited to: failing to comply with the director directions; deliver projects on time and within budget; and maintain communication with clients.

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12 Jul
A cutting-edge initiative not to be missed: ignite+VU

Many watercooler conversations in offices across Victoria today will touch on the unexpected results at the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon.

ICYMI, Croatia devastated England fans in the semi-final in Russia winning 2-1 in extra time while eight-time champion Roger Federer – who was in great form - surprised the world by being knocked out of Wimbledon by South African Kevin Anderson.

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10 Jul
Technology helping athletes fast track better performances

Dr Alice Sweeting grew up wanting to be a vet.

Her love of sport – she played tennis, netball, hockey and was also a competitive swimmer and athlete – and interest as a student in studying maths, biology, English literature and PE meant that she could combine both into a career studying sports science.

A researcher at Victoria University (VU), Dr Sweeting delivers a range of customised sports science services to players and coaches at AFL club the Western Bulldogs.

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06 Jul
Time to witness Victoria leading the way in sports science

Enhancing human performance through innovation in elite sports is the theme of the next edition of the ignite innovation series – an exciting collaboration between the Victorian Chamber, Victorian universities, CSIRO, businesses and the Victorian Government to showcase Victoria’s revolutionary industry-linked innovation and research capabilities. 

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06 Jul
From the Chief Executive - 6 July 2018

This week, the Victorian Chamber was proud to release our Transport Taskforce Report: Gearing up for Success, which will provide the Victorian Government with a suite of effective and integrated transport solutions available to improve the State’s transport system.

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03 Jul
Leading and managing for health and safety

Last week, another two people died at work in Victoria; one whilst working on the Westgate tunnel project and the other following a fall from a height. These fatalities take the total to 13 for 2018. 13 too many.

Leaders at all levels of a business need to understand the risks to health and safety in their part of the organisation and the need to give proportionate attention to each of them. This applies to the level of detail and effort put into assessing the risks, implementing appropriate controls, supervising and monitoring the controls to ensure they are working as planned.

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03 Jul
Fair Work Ombudsman succeeds in underpayments and adverse action case

The Fair Work Ombudsman (the “FWO”) has successfully pursued a hotel and its owner in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the “Court”) resulting in an order for penalties exceeding $200,000.

The action comprised of three elements: underpayment of wages, penalties and allowances; an adverse action claim alleging the business discriminated Malaysian employees treating them less favourable than Australian employees; and failing to comply with records-keeping requirement.

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03 Jul
Have you witnessed corruption in your business dealings with the Victorian public sector?

Public sector corruption hurts all Victorians. Corruption in the Victorian public sector may mean your business misses out on fair and profitable opportunities. Would you recognise public sector corruption if you saw it? Do you know how to report it?

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