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09 May
Dismissal harsh for a breach of a zero-tolerance mobile phone use policy

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has made a ruling an employee of 16 years was unfairly dismissed for using his mobile phone during his shift.

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09 May
Keeping up to date in safety

Join the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the 2018 SIA National Health & Safety Conference and the Workplace Health and Safety Show on 23 and 24 May where we will deliver three engaging presentations on challenging safety topics.

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27 Apr
From the Executive - 27 April 2018

It has been a good month with a number of transport infrastructure announcements by both the State Government and the Opposition.

In early April, the Victorian Government announced a commitment of a further $75 million to upgrade the Mordialloc Bypass, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway with the Dingley Bypass. The Government also unveiled new plans for a south-east tram route connecting Caulfield and Rowville.

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24 Apr
Play your part: Celebrating 30 years of what matters most

It’s WorkSafe Victoria’s award nomination time, and the part that Victorians play in making workplaces safer will be highlighted at the WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2018 Gala Dinner on 18 October.

If you strive to improve workplace health, safety and wellbeing we encourage you to nominate as entries are now open for 30th edition of the awards. WorkSafe Chief Executive, Clare Amies, said the awards theme, Play your part: Celebrating 30 years of what matters most, is a reminder that workplace safety is everyone’s concern.

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24 Apr
Are your emergency management processes up to date and effective?

As Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) consultants, we are often asked the question ‘Do organisations need to have emergency wardens and emergency evacuation plans?’

The details of our responses vary depending on the state or territory the organisation in question operates in so it is important that employers understand where obligations start and end.

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24 Apr
Getting more SMEs into exporting

The Victorian Chamber has made a submission to the Federal Parliamentary inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

International engagement is at the core of Victoria’s economy. Victoria accounts for 9.4% of Australia’s goods exports and is the second largest contributor to the nation’s service exports.

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24 Apr
Lawful multi-hiring arrangement excuses overtime obligations

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (“the Court”) has rejected an employee’s argument their multi-hiring arrangement was unlawful under their enterprise agreements (EAs). This multi-hiring arrangement saw an employee hold two distinct roles covered by separate EAs working for the same employer. The employee sought payment for overtime and other entitlements on the basis there was no clause allowing such an arrangement.

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13 Apr
From the Executive - 13 April 2018

Yesterday, we welcomed news of the Turnbull Government’s $5 billion funding commitment to bring forward the construction of a Melbourne Airport rail link, which has been a longstanding priority of the Victorian Chamber.

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12 Apr
New transport projects announced to reduce congestion

Both major parties have made commitments to new transport infrastructure projects this week in an aim to reduce congestion and increase connectivity across Melbourne.

The Victorian Chamber has been a long-term advocate for investment in Melbourne’s infrastructure, and these projects will be vital to unlocking economic growth and job opportunities across Melbourne.

The Mordialloc Freeway project:

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12 Apr
Employee’s resignation ruled as grounds for unfair dismissal claim

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) granted permission to appeal an unfair dismissal claim made against an aged care home in NSW. Permission was granted as it was uncertain whether the employee was dismissed within the meaning of the meaning of s.386 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) (the Act). The Act states “a person has been dismissed if: (a) the person’s employment with his or her employer has been terminated on the employer’s initiative”. 

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