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06 Jul
From the Chief Executive - 6 July 2018

This week, the Victorian Chamber was proud to release our Transport Taskforce Report: Gearing up for Success, which will provide the Victorian Government with a suite of effective and integrated transport solutions available to improve the State’s transport system.

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03 Jul
Leading and managing for health and safety

Last week, another two people died at work in Victoria; one whilst working on the Westgate tunnel project and the other following a fall from a height. These fatalities take the total to 13 for 2018. 13 too many.

Leaders at all levels of a business need to understand the risks to health and safety in their part of the organisation and the need to give proportionate attention to each of them. This applies to the level of detail and effort put into assessing the risks, implementing appropriate controls, supervising and monitoring the controls to ensure they are working as planned.

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03 Jul
Fair Work Ombudsman succeeds in underpayments and adverse action case

The Fair Work Ombudsman (the “FWO”) has successfully pursued a hotel and its owner in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the “Court”) resulting in an order for penalties exceeding $200,000.

The action comprised of three elements: underpayment of wages, penalties and allowances; an adverse action claim alleging the business discriminated Malaysian employees treating them less favourable than Australian employees; and failing to comply with records-keeping requirement.

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03 Jul
Have you witnessed corruption in your business dealings with the Victorian public sector?

Public sector corruption hurts all Victorians. Corruption in the Victorian public sector may mean your business misses out on fair and profitable opportunities. Would you recognise public sector corruption if you saw it? Do you know how to report it?

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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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