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08 Dec
From the Chief Executive - 8 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is important for all businesses to celebrate and reflect on the year that was, and to begin planning and preparing for the year ahead.  

Here at the Victorian Chamber, we have had a busy year. The team has successfully delivered close to 150 industry events, and yesterday we presented our final for 2017, a lunch with renowned Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson AM, at Palladium, Crown.

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07 Dec
Warning for labour suppliers after Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal ruling

A labour supplier has been ordered to pay $8,500 to a casual labour hire worker following a successful unfair dismissal claim. The worker had been engaged by the labour supplier on a regular and systematic basis from January 2013 until June 2017, including two periods of parental leave. The Commission found the worker was therefore protected from unfair dismissal.

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07 Dec
Restaurant penalised over $525,000 for cooking the books

The Federal Court of Australia (FCA) has recently penalised a restaurant and three individuals a total of $396,848 for underpaying 85 employees $583,688.68 over a 16 month period.

A Chinese restaurant in New South Wales, was issued with a Notice to produce records and documents, by a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) Inspector in September 2014. In accordance with section 712 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the Inspector requested, among other things, time and wage records for all employees for the period 1 August 2014 to 11 September 2014.

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07 Dec
The current state of workplace mental health and wellbeing in Australia

Over the previous month, the Victorian Chamber’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing team has delivered a series of workplace mental health briefings to over 330 members and clients in Melbourne and around the state. The aim of the briefings was to provide employers with a better understanding of workplace mental health issues and how to address them.

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07 Dec
Industry welcomes launch of Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce Report

Industry welcomes launch of Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce Report: relaunch and rebalance

Efforts to strengthen Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships received a boost last week with the launch of the Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce report by the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, and Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson

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24 Nov
Victoria Summit 2017 a great success

Over 100 of Victoria’s business leaders gathered at Parliament House, Melbourne on 23 November to discuss and explore the release of the Victorian Chamber’s key recommendations to keep Victoria competitive into 2018 and beyond.

Victorian Chamber Chief Executive Mark Stone AM praised the strong turnout from members and guests who included representatives from the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria Tourism Industry Council, Victorian Chamber alliance partners and local government leaders.

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24 Nov
From the Chief Executive - 24 November 2017

On this date next year, Victorians will be heading to the polls to cast their vote in the 2018 State Election. Ahead of what is sure to be an interesting year, the Victorian Chamber delivered yet another successful Victoria Summit yesterday at Parliament House in Melbourne. This is our flagship policy event and we were delighted to present our policy recommendations to more than 100 industry leaders.

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22 Nov
Unfair dismissal claim by Supervisor terminated for indecent exposure has been dismissed

An employee of over 25 years, who was acting in a supervisor role was terminated for serious misconduct after two employees alleged he “unzipped his pants, removed his penis, and shaken or waived his penis” at them 24 March 2017 and repeated the act on 29 March 2017 to two other employees.

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22 Nov
Verbal and physical altercation grounds for summary dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has found the summary dismissal of a roofing plumber involving a violent physical and verbal altercation was lawful in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) (“Fair Work Act”).

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22 Nov
Supporting Victoria’s interests in GST distribution

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently appeared before a hearing on the draft report of the Productivity Commission’s Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE) inquiry.

This inquiry is looking at the way that Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue is distributed between the states.

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