Topic: industrial relations

Public Holiday Penalty Rates To Be Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promise to protect penalty rates, with legislation introduced today that will enshrine the Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Grand Final Friday public holidays in law. The new laws will ensure hard-working Victorians get more time to spend with family and friends, and that those who do have […]

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Recognising Family Violence In The Workplace

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced guidelines to recognise family violence as an issue of workplace safety and help employers support workers experiencing violence. For too long, family violence was ignored as a private issue in the workplace. This new guideline recognises family violence as a workplace hazard – just like any other workplace health […]

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Making Things Fairer For Labour Hire Workers

Victoria’s first ever Labour Hire Licensing Scheme, which protects workers and cracks down on dodgy operators, will come into force on 29 April – with contractors given six months to sign up or else face significant penalties. Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas today said the scheme will bring a new level of integrity and […]

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More Time To Have Your Say About The Gig Economy

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the deadline for submissions to the Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce. Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas today noted that there has been a high level of interest from key organisations and has extended the deadline to 20 February 2019, to give Victorians more time to provide submissions. Organisations […]

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Giving Non-English Speaking Workers The Advice They Need

The Andrews Labor Government is reaching out to non-English speaking workers to help them better understand their occupational health and safety rights. As part of a public awareness campaign aimed at these employees, WorkSafe Victoria will launch an interactive hub this Saturday during Melbourne Victory’s home clash against Sydney FC in the A-League. The hub […]

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Have Your Say About The Gig Economy In Victoria

Victorians will be able to have their say on their experiences with “gig economy” businesses like ride sharing services, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inquiry into the on-demand workforce. Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas and Chair of the Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce Natalie James called for Victorians to share their experience […]

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New Inquiry To Investigate The Gig Economy

The Andrews Labor Government will launch an Australian-first inquiry into the on-demand workforce and gig economy, following widespread claims of workers being underpaid and poorly treated. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today announced the Victorian Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce, which will investigate the conditions of workers working to digital platforms. The inquiry will […]

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Matthew Guy Undermines Public Servants Conditions

The Andrews Labor Government’s Bill to place all public sector employers on a level playing field when participating in enterprise bargaining will not pass the Parliament after opposition from the Coalition. Its passage would have fixed an anomaly where some public sector agencies are able to bargain about a broader range of matters than others […]

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Victorian Inquiry Condemns Cuts To Penalty Rates

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for Victorian workers missing out on hard earned pay. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today tabled the Government’s response to the final report of the Victorian Parliament select committee inquiry into penalty rates. This inquiry report found cutting penalty rates disproportionately affects women and young workers, and […]

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Workers Win Right To Portable Long Service Benefits

Workers in community services, security and contract cleaning now have access to portable long service benefits for the first time, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 has passed the Victorian Parliament, making long service benefits available to workers who had been denied the right through no fault of […]

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