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03 Jul
Lawyer ordered to pay applicants costs

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ordered a respondent’s lawyer to pay a proportion of costs incurred by the applicant after it was found he unreasonably examined jurisdictional objections.

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22 Jun
From the Chief Executive - 22 June 2018

On Friday 8 June, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to be joined by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister & Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, as a special guest and the keynote speaker at our Business Leaders Luncheon in Melbourne.

Over 400 members of the business community gathered to hear Minister Bishop present fascinating and inspiring insights into both her personal journey and extensive professional career.

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21 Jun
Labour hire licensing to proceed in Victoria

Victorian businesses operating in the labour hire industry will be confronted with extra costs under the Andrews Labor Government’s new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 which passed the Victorian Legislative Council on 19 June.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opposed the labour hire licensing scheme since it was announced by the Government last year, as the scheme will impose additional costs and red tape on business operating in the sector.

There is already significant regulation of labour hire under existing laws.

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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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