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10 Nov
From the Chief Executive - 7 November 2017

As Victorians close the gate on yet another impressive Melbourne Cup Carnival, many employers will begin to plan and prepare for the festive season.

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09 Nov
Fair Work Commission upholds redundancy on appeal

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has found a Pest Control Branch Supervisor’s role was genuinely made redundant within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) (“Fair Work Act”).

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09 Nov
A new report from Safe Work Australia

A new report from Safe Work Australia emphasises the importance of the effective management of workers’ compensations claims, highlighting particular benefits in relation to psychological injury claims.

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09 Nov
Employee dismissed by text denied a “fair go all round”

The Fair Work Commission has recently determined an employee dismissed via text message was unfairly dismissed.

The employee was dismissed by a specialist tour company (Company) in March 2017, after it alleged the employee was running their own business whilst they were supposed to be working for the Company, something the Company maintained the employee never disclosed.

The Company stated the employee informed them in January 2017 they intended to start a new business. However, the Company formed the view the business was launched in February 2017.

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31 Oct
Victorian Major Projects Conference 2017

In its 8th consecutive year, the Victorian Major Projects Conference continues to be the state’s premiere major projects and infrastructure industry event.

Supported by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce, the Conference attracts over 200 senior-level executives from public and private sectors annually, and features industry experts presenting on some of Victoria’s largest infrastructure projects.

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27 Oct
From the Chief Executive - 27 October 2017

With Melbourne’s spring events calendar is well underway, we were delighted to learn the smash-hit production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Melbourne following its Broadway run. Once again, Melbourne has secured a major event coup, and will be the only place in the southern hemisphere people can see the show.

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26 Oct
Important changes to the OHS Act now come into effect this week on 26 October 2017

Our recent OHS and Workers’ Compensation briefings were attended by close to 300 Victorian Chamber members and clients across the state. The briefings provided an invaluable update on the new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, summarised current trends in workers’ compensation and reminded attendees of the importance of focussing on the actual risks in their business as well as providing a thorough and relevant induction to new employees.

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26 Oct
Pregnant employee prejudiced by accelerated redundancy

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has awarded nearly $58,000 in the form of compensation and a pecuniary penalty to an ex-employee after her redundancy date was brought forward 8 days due to her pregnancy and impending parental leave.  

Judge Vasey found the employee was not made redundant for a prohibited reason.  However, importantly found the date of the redundancy was brought forward because of a prohibited reason contrary to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth) (“Act”).

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26 Oct
Lack of HR advice leads to a small business ordered to pay in excess of $25,000 compensation

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has found the dismissal of a yard hand by a small business was unfair and awarded the maximum compensation available.

On 6 December 2016, the business director requested the employee come inside and move machinery. An argument ensued resulting in the employee calling the director a “backstabbing ***t”.

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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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