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15 Sep
New Labour Hire Licensing Scheme Announced

The Victorian Government recently announced the details of a new licencing scheme for labour hire businesses.

Victoria will become the third state to introduce labour hire licensing laws, following Queensland and South Australia.

To obtain a licence under the new scheme a labour hire operator will need to:

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15 Sep
Supporting Young Workers

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as part of our Supporting Young Workers program, has released resource materials, designed to help employers manage the safety of under 25 year olds in the workplace.

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14 Sep
Changes to the Fair Work Act came into force 11 September 2017

The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Act 2017 which came into force 11 September 2017 brings a raft of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 including a range of criminal offences.

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14 Sep
Adverse Action not limited to dismissal

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCCA) has found a railroad employee was treated adversely when his employer cancelled a training session after he refused a shift due to carer’s responsibilities and concerns about fatigue.

The employee, a locomotive driver represented by the Australian Rail Tram and Bus Industry Union, contended his employer took adverse action by cancelling and not reinstating scheduled training because the employee had exercised a right to take unpaid parental leave, personal or carers leave and proposed to take further unpaid parental leave.

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14 Sep
FWC finds a refusal to offer a casual shifts harsh and unjust

The Fair Work Commission (“FWC”) has found a café supervisor was unfairly dismissed when he was advised by the owner he wouldn’t be offered any shifts. The owner attempted to defend the claim on the basis the employee was not a regular casual and was therefore not dismissed.  Alternatively, the owner argued there were reasons the employee was no longer being offered work.

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14 Sep
Have you been contacted by Employsure

Dear Member,

We know that the large majority of genuine business owners are doing the right thing and correctly paying their workers. Then there are a very small minority that deliberately underpay their workers. These employers get no sympathy from me, or from the genuine business owners who are doing the right thing.

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14 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 15 September 2017

As we head into spring, the Victorian Chamber is pleased to bring you the new spring edition of our Business Excellence magazine, which has a special focus on Small Business and the Customer Experience.

This edition explores topics including entrepreneurship, what helps and hinders small business growth and changing customer expectations in the digital age.

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01 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 1 September 2017

The Victorian Chamber has been advocating on behalf of Victorian businesses in advance of the proposed new Long Service Leave Bill 2017 to be discussed in State Parliament next week. Our view is that many parts of this Bill will disadvantage employers and create a significant administration burden for businesses.

The Victorian Chamber is calling for Parliament to amend parts of this Bill because under the changes, employers would face extra costs, increased penalties and be required to adhere to a new record keeping obligation with extra complexity when calculating entitlements.

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31 Aug
Long service leave changes will cost employers

The Long Service Leave Bill 2017, currently before the Victorian Parliament, will disadvantage employers and create a significant administrative burden for businesses.

Following a review of current long service leave arrangements, the Victorian Government is proposing a number of changes to long service leave laws in Victoria.

Key changes that will disadvantage employers are:

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31 Aug
164 day late unfair dismissal application accepted

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has granted a supermarket delicatessen Worker an extension of time for an unfair dismissal claim filed 164 days late. The application was submitted after an investigation into alleged breaches of the workplace ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘appropriate workplace behaviour’ policy, resulted in the employment relationship being terminated.

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