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27 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 27 September 2018

With less than 60 days until Victoria’s State election, our advocacy is more important than ever to ensure business interests and jobs are front and centre on the political agenda. Our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria State Election campaign is achieving very good results.

This fortnight, we continued our 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.

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26 Sep
Driving home our business priorities to keep Victoria strong

In the lead up to November’s State Election, the Victorian Chamber is ramping up its advocacy efforts to ensure businesses and jobs are at the forefront of the political agenda.

We have been promoting our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria State Election priorities through a range of campaign activities, including traditional media, digital advertising, individual meetings, business luncheons and events across the state.

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26 Sep
Landmark casual entitlement decision stands as law

Landmark casual entitlement decision stands as law

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26 Sep
Contravention of unfair dismissal order results in record penalties

A technology company has been ordered to pay total penalties of $125,600 for their failure to comply with a Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal order, handed down in October 2014. The record penalties highlight the significant financial risk to business for failing to comply with a Commission orders.

Background

In 2014, Justice Boulton found the company had unfairly dismissed a sales support employee and ordered a compensation payment of 20 weeks’ pay, totalling $20,769.

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25 Sep
Win up to $20,000 in October to improve workplace safety during National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia is offering between $2,000 and $20,000 for great health and safety projects. Apply online and be in for a chance to win some cash to make your project a reality.

Thankfully, there has been a steady, long-term, national decline in the rate of work-related fatalities and workers’ compensation claims across all states and territories.

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25 Sep
Unfair dismissal claim succeeds against labour hire company

Overview of the facts

A machinery operator at a coal mine has succeeded in an unfair dismissal claim against their employer, a labour hire business. The workers employment was ended after the labour hire company was informed that services were no longer required.

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14 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 14 September 2018

This week, the Victorian Chamber welcomed the news that Victorian consumers will benefit from a massive injection of new electricity generation, with 900 megawatts of new capacity (enough to power 650,000 homes), to be built across the state.

The new generation capacity will be built as part of the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target (VRET), and the Victorian Chamber is pleased to see such an investment in new energy supply which will cut energy bills and grow jobs in the sector while reducing emissions.

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12 Sep
Portable long service leave scheme to go ahead

On 5 September 2018 the Victorian Parliament passed the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018.

This legislation, which will commence on 1 July 2019, will establish a scheme to provide portability of long service leave benefits for workers in the contract cleaning, security and community services sectors.

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12 Sep
Cost of labour hire licensing must be reduced

The Victorian Chamber recently made a submission to the Victorian Government on the exposure draft regulations and regulatory impact statement for a Victorian labour hire licensing scheme. The submission urges the government to reduce the cost and impact of the scheme on business.

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12 Sep
A focus on mental health

This week has seen World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK? Day, reminding us of the importance of focussing on the mental health of not just family, friends and work colleagues, but also ourselves. This is essential both inside and outside of the workplace and the Victorian Chamber can help!

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