News

12 Sep
Recipe for unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission has found a restaurant owner unfairly dismissed their employee after terminating the employment of the chef without notice. The chef worked alongside three other chefs and the owner at the small business from September 2016 until his employment was terminated in March 2018.

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31 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 31 August 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber welcomed the election of Scott Morrison by the Federal Liberal Party as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.

We look forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison, Deputy Leader Josh Frydenberg and the Coalition Cabinet to create a better business environment and a more prosperous nation, and we also acknowledge the service of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop to Australia and the legacy they leave.

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30 Aug
Landmark decision: Casual entitled to Annual Leave

The Full Court of the Federal Court has upheld the previous determination of Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett in which a casual driver engaged by WorkPac at a Queensland coal mine, was deemed a full time employee who was entitled to annual leave.

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29 Aug
Gender quotas, action plans and reporting proposed under new Gender Equality Bill

The Victorian Government’s draft Gender Equality Bill (2018) has recently been released for public comment. The Bill proposes that Victorian Government departments, public sector organisations (including universities) with over 100 full time employees and local governments achieve gender equality through quotas, action plans and reporting.

The main obligations under the legislation include:

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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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