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14 Aug
Fair Work Commission upholds dismissal of beer throwing employee

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has upheld the dismissal of an employee who threw a glass of beer at an out of hours Christmas party.

The business held a staff Christmas party on 25 November 2017 which was organised by section leaders. Food and drink was paid for by the business. However, the employee claimed it was not an official business function.

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14 Aug
WorkSafe’s new mental health and wellbeing toolkit

WorkSafe Victoria has recently released its WorkWell Toolkit to help small (1-29 staff) and medium (30+ staff) sized businesses create mentally healthy workplaces.

The WorkWell Toolkit is an online tool which supports workplaces to take steps to make a positive difference to workplace mental health by providing practical actions and resources tailored to each business.

Users will work through four simple stages to then be guided towards recommended actions for improvement:

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14 Aug
‘Fanciful’ argument unsuccessful in proving employee on fixed term contract was not dismissed

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (the “Commission”) has found a traffic warden employed on an ‘outer limit’ contract, whose employment ended by virtue of the ‘end date’ was dismissed.

The applicant was employed on a series of fixed term contracts before being employed as a casual from March 2011 to February 2017 without signing a contract. In 2017 the applicant was again required to sign a new fixed term contract.

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14 Aug
Cleaning businesses to be licensed under new labour hire scheme

The Victorian Government has recently released draft regulations and a regulatory impact statement detailing how Victoria’s labour hire licensing legislation will operate in practice.

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

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06 Aug
Businesses are missing out – let’s ignite collaboration

Evidence shows that when businesses collaborate with researchers, they more than triple their likelihood of annual productivity growth.

Unfortunately, Australia is last on the list of OECD countries when we measure business-research collaboration in a global scale. Many other countries do collaboration much better than us – and their economies benefit.

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03 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 3 August 2018

I’m delighted to report that our July Government Grants briefing sessions were very successful and as a result, most businesses who attended the briefings are now considering applying for a grant in near future.

Businesses are usually interested in applying for Government Grants but are often not sure what’s available to them. That’s why we created the briefing sessions. Supported by Bank of Melbourne and AusIndustry, they are designed to help Victorian businesses identify grants available to them and be better equipped to write a successful application.

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02 Aug
Victorian Small Business Festival kicks off in August

The Festival is held throughout August with events across metropolitan and regional Victoria, the Victoria Small Business Festival is an annual curated events program providing ideas, information and networking opportunities to start, operate and grow a business.

Presented by the Victorian Government, all events are low-cost or free and cover a wide range of topics such as business planning, marketing, social media, networking and financial management.

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01 Aug
New legislation with strong implications for business before Parliament

With only 12 sitting days left until the 2018 State Election, the Victorian Parliament has turned its attention to two important legislative proposals that will have important implications for Victorian business.

The Victorian Government is seeking to put local jobs first with legislation that will mandate minimum local content on major Victorian projects. The government is also proposing new environmental protection laws to strengthen risk management practices for preventing waste and pollution.

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01 Aug
Contractor management and OHS – getting it right!

On Friday 13 July 2018 a free-range egg producer in Navarre near Stawell was convicted and fined $230,000.00 following the death of a contractor in an incident which involved a front end loader. The company, Grampians Free Range Poultry, pleaded guilty in the Horsham County Court to contravening section 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, 2004, by failing to provide a workplace that was safe and without risk to health.

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01 Aug
Inflexibility towards Pilates classes leads to successful unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined an employee who was summarily dismissed for refusing to sign a new employment contract was unfairly dismissed.

The employee, an Online Campaign Manager, was dismissed by the online digital marketing agency (“Business”) on 6 November 2017, when they contested changes sought to be introduced into the terms and conditions of employment.

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