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13 Oct
Businesses should be preparing for Australia’s new Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws

High profile data breaches seem to hit the headlines on a very regular basis, especially in the US where mandatory notification has been in place for many years. Those laws will soon apply to Australian businesses who will be subject to data breach notification legislation that will require data breaches to be disclosed.

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2017 has been passed by the Australian Federal Government, and will come into effect on 22 February 2018.

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13 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 13 October 2017

Spring is now well underway, and along with it the full calendar of Melbourne’s impressive events also heats up considerably.

Our visitor economy gets a welcome boost this time each year, ahead of the approaching peak season for tourism.

But the future is more uncertain for Victorian businesses when energy prices keep rising and businesses have no idea how they can plan for increases they have no control over.

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13 Oct
Businesses of over 40 employees should have 2 HR roles

Following the dismissal of an employee mistakenly thought to be in her probation period the Fair Work Commission (Commission) held businesses with over 40 employees are “large enough to warrant a HR Manager and a HR Officer” and it is “expected that such employees would have some expertise in dealing with matters associated with the management and termination of employment.”

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13 Oct
Supervisor’s text didn’t sack employee

The Fair Work Commission has upheld an employer’s jurisdictional objection finding an employee couldn’t proceed with his unfair dismissal claim as he voluntarily resigned. The employee claimed he was dismissed via his supervisor’s text asking him to clarify his employment status however Commissioner Hunt said “he could have easily responded in a return text, I have not resigned.”

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12 Oct
WorkSafe Victoria convicted and fined a Geelong builder for repeated bullying of a teenage apprentice over a two year period

October is National Safe Work Month, and reminds us all to re-focus our commitment to building a safe and healthy workplace for all with events occurring all across Australia. This includes ensuring workplaces are safe not only in terms of physical safety but that mental health is also considered. This includes protecting against workplace bullying and focusing on vulnerable groups in the workplace such as young workers – those under 25 years old.  

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12 Oct
New law directed to preventing corruption in the workplace

Amendments to the Fair Work Act addressing collusion between unions and employers detrimental to employees commenced operation on 11 September 2017. These changes were made in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The changes;

The new Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) will work in conjunction with police and the Fair Work Ombudsman which are directly responsible for ensuring there is compliance with these new laws.

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12 Oct
Support for manufacturers - Register your interest here

The Victorian Government recently released Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future. This statement, which is backed by $12 million in new funding and initiatives, outlines a vision for Victoria to be a global hub for advanced manufacturing and provides practical support for the growth of the sector.

The government has identified four streams of assistance to support manufacturing businesses to:

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28 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 28 September 2017

It’s that time of year again when finals fever takes over Victoria, and once again we face the prospect of a fairy-tale premiership as Richmond aims for a flag after its 35-year Grand Final drought.

While the Grand Final itself is hotly anticipated by Victorians, businesses are dreading the Grand Final eve public holiday, which will cost many thousands regardless of whether they close or stay open.

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27 Sep
Not-so-genuine redundancy

The Fair Work Commission has recently determined an employee made redundant was unfairly dismissed.

The employee, a Head Chef, was made redundant by a sports and community club (the Club) on 14 March 2017, after it decided to abolish the permanent full time Head Chef position as part of an alleged organisational restructure.

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27 Sep
October is Health and Safety Month

October is Health and Safety Month and provides the perfect opportunity to focus on and discuss safety in your workplace. Make sure that your safety processes and practices are up to date to protect both the mental and physical wellbeing of your employees.

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