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16 Feb
From the Executive - 16 February 2018

Last week, we applauded the Victorian Parliament’s close scrutiny of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. While the bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly, the Coalition’s opposition to the bill is welcomed and signals an urgent need to re-examine this proposed scheme through a parliamentary inquiry. As there is already significant regulation of labour hire under existing laws, the Victorian Chamber is calling for better enforcement of these laws and not for a new licencing scheme that will cost Victorian jobs.

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05 Feb
Fair Work Commission rules in favour of employer in casual conversation case

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ruled in favour of an employer and rejected an appeal by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (ANWU). ANWU’s application concerned a dispute with an employer alleging a breach of the employer’s enterprise agreement.

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02 Feb
Bus driver reinstated after being dismissed for a road rage accident

A bus driver dismissed because of his role in a serious road rage incident has had his employment reinstated after the Fair Work Commission ruled the dismissal to be harsh when considering all the circumstance including  the employee’s length of service and otherwise unblemished employment record.

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01 Feb
From the Executive - 2 February 2018

It’s been a busy start to February for the Victorian Chamber team. Recently, we released our January-June 2018 course directory, which includes a wide variety of training programs tailored to cover every part of running a successful, contemporary business. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to view the directory online and see how you and your staff can engage us to assist in moving your business forward.

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30 Jan
Out of time application dismissed despite representative error

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has dismissed an employee’s unfair dismissal application lodged 5 days late. The employee was dismissed for misconduct on 18 October 2017 with immediate effect. On 23 October he instructed a lawyer to lodge an unfair dismissal application on his behalf.  The instructions were accepted, however the application was not submitted until 13 November 2017, 26 days after the dismissal took effect.

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30 Jan
Lack of opportunity to respond to the issues leading to the dismissal - unreasonable

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined a casual employee engaged over a 6 month period on a regular and systematic basis was unfairly dismissed.

The Commission was satisfied the employee, a food and beverage attendant, was dismissed by a sports and community club (“Club”) in a telephone conversation on 9 September 2017.

The employee was initially contacted via text message by the Club whilst absent from the workplace after providing a medical certificate confirming she was suffering from gastroenteritis and tonsillitis.

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30 Jan
Compensation for power outages

During the recent hot weather, many businesses and homes across Melbourne were affected by extended power outages.

If you experienced a power outage of more than 12 hours or if equipment or appliances were damaged as a result of a power surge or voltage variation, you may be eligible for compensation from your electricity distributor.

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30 Jan
“A Horror 48 Hrs” to starting work in 2018

WorkSafe Victoria has stated that the last few days represent “A horror 48 hours" for workplace death and serious injury.  Worksafe also stated that “businesses needed to ensure new employees or those returning from holidays understand the risks in their workplaces”.

Worksafe Victoria made these statements after a teenage girl and a factory worker were killed, and a tradie suffered serious injuries after a concerning run of serious workplace incidents.

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19 Jan
Workers’ Compensation – Time to take a health check

Are your workers compensation management arrangements up to date and effective or is it time for you to take a health check?

With the start of a new year comes the time for Victorian employers to start their preparation for 2018/2019 Workers’ Compensation policy renewal. If you have difficult to manage claims, a rising premium and gaps in your policies and procedures, now is a good time to streamline processes and work to reduce your premiums and sustain positive workers compensation performance in the long term.

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19 Jan
Ride-share Driver: “Independent contractor not employee” says Fair Work Commission

In a landmark decision, the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has found a worker for a ride-share company was an independent contractor and not an employee, thereby rejecting the worker’s unfair dismissal claim.

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