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18 May
World No Tobacco Day

Wednesday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day. The purpose of the day is to highlight the health risks associated with smoking and demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a tobacco-free world.

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12 May
Identify your unique business

Work one-to-one with our Trade Advisers to define your export strategy and position your business for success.  

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12 May
OHS compliance codes open for review

With the new OHS Regulations 2017 due to commence in June, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. Compliance Codes provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the OHS Act. They aim to provide easy to understand information on how to comply.

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11 May
Employee consent not always necessary when changing roster patterns

The Fair Work Commission Full bench has upheld an employer’s appeal, finding changes to rosters to meet the needs of the business did not contravene their enterprise agreement. Commissioner Johns was initially satisfied the objective intention of the agreement was to “infuse’ part-time working arrangements with ‘predictability’ and ‘certainty’ when determining that the business could not change part- time employee rosters without their consent.   

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11 May
Accounting firm liable in underpayments claim

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) has found an accounting firm (the Firm) to be an accessory in a significant underpayments claim against a Japanese fast food chain (Chain). The court declared the Firm was involved in contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) when they failed to pay the modern award minimum rates, relevant penalties, loadings and allowances, and failed to advise on rest and meal breaks.

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11 May
From the Chief Executive - 11 May 2017

It has been a busy fortnight for all Australian businesses with both the State and Federal Budgets being handed down. To help our members understand what the Budgets will mean for them, we have developed information across a number of channels on how the measures will affect Victoria and Victorian businesses.

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28 Apr
From the Chief Executive - 28 April 2017

Many Victorian businesses will be watching the State and Federal Budgets over the next fortnight for pro-business policies that enable them to be more competitive and grow.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been advocating for pro-business policies at the highest levels of government in the lead up to the State Budget and we have welcomed some of the pre-budget announcements already released.

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28 Apr
New OHS and equipment (public safety) regulations enacted by state government

On Wednesday this week, the Victorian Government made the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations, 2017) and the Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations, 2017).  These new Regulations will take effect on 18 June 2017.

The new OHS Regulations, 2017 are mainly the same as the existing OHS Regulations 2007.  However, there are some impacts that duty holders need to be aware of. The majority of changes in the OHS Regulation affect workplaces:

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28 Apr
Portable long service leave will increase employment costs

The Victorian Chamber is opposing a Victorian Government proposal to impose a portable long service leave scheme on the cleaning and security sectors. Such a scheme will increase the cost of labour without delivering any corresponding increase in productivity. It will also result in additional indirect administration costs and red tape for employers. These additional costs will discourage employment.

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28 Apr
US-bound air cargo screening conditions set to change

As of July 1 2017, exporters will be unable to send their goods to the US by air unless they comply with new US air cargo screening requirements.

 

These requirements have been imposed on airlines by the US Government. The Australian Government is working with Australian businesses to help them comply with these US requirements, ensure readiness for the change and reduce red tape while enabling a smooth transition.

We urge any exporters doing business with the US to prepare for this change as the deadline is non-negotiable.

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