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December 2016

In this edition we cover: 

  • Court finds extensive safety procedures not enough to escape conviction
  • Trends in enforceable undertakings
  • Having a SWMS doesn't mean your organisation is complying with WHS laws
  • Guidance on the interaction between WHS laws and Australian Standards
  • Discrimination claim for refusal to employ person with mental health issue
  • Amusement devices at community events
  • Legislative changes (in coal mining, rail and chain of responsibility)

29 June 2016

In this edition of Workplace Health & Safety Update:

  • Ignore your WHS duty and you might end up in jail
  • First conviction for failure to comply with consultation obligations under harmonised WHS regime
  • Out of sight and out of mind - can you pass your WHS obligations on to someone else?
  • Summary of interesting WHS developments across Australia

30 March 2016

In this edition of Workplace Health & Safety Update:

  • Failure to comply with Code of Practice results in officer conviction
  • Volunteer not a worker
  • Personal liability in relation to WHS breaches continues after resignation
  • Other interesting WHS developments across Australia

5 August 2015

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report on the Australian workplace relations framework. The report is a broad-ranging assessment of Australia's workplace relations (WR) framework, considering current laws, institutions and practices.

16 February 2015

Every week, around 12 million Australians go to work in about 2 million workplaces.

30 January 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for employers and HR professionals. The first thing that should be on your radar this year is the Fair Work Commission's review of the modern awards. You may want to be involved in this process, or at least keep on top of the developments, as there could be significant changes made to the awards which could impact your business (for example, changes to penalty rates).

10 October 2013

In this edition we outline the key developments that have occurred since our July Update. Not surprisingly, the bullying reforms have continued to be the most significant WHS issue in the past quarter. We'll cover the bullying reforms plus; the Northern Territory's first sentence under the harmonised legislation, the ongoing debate about insurance for directors in WHS matters, Western Australia's position on harmonisation, the model Construction Code being re-issued for public comment and the progress of mining WHS harmonisation.

19 July 2013

In this second quarterly WHS Update for 2013, we outline the key developments that have occurred since our previous Update in April. While the bullying reforms remain the most significant WHS development in the past quarter, also worth noting are, Queensland's first sentence under the harmonised legislation, the Queensland Court of Appeal's decision in NK Collins, some interesting comments in a South Australian case that have generated debate about insurance for directors in WHS matters and New South Wales passing the harmonised mining legislation. 

28 June 2013

The tumultuous events of the past few days have overshadowed an important event in Australian workplace relations – the passing by the Senate of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 on Thursday night. Amongst other things, the amended Act contains new anti-bullying laws, introduces new family friendly measures, a right for the Fair Work Commission to arbitrate adverse action claims and changes to the right of entry provisions.

10 May 2013

Yesterday, the Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, announced the Coalition Industrial Relations Policy – releasing a formal policy document entitled The Coalition's Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.

April 2012

Full Bench significantly extends employers' good faith bargaining obligations.

March 2012

It can be very difficult for an employer to avoid liability for an employee's breach of anti-discrimination legislation. But a recent case brought before the Anti Discrimination Tribunal shows that proactive employers can effectively manage the risks – and is a timely reminder of the importance of regular and appropriate education and training.

6 September 2011

We are moving quickly toward the planned implementation date of OHS harmonisation – 1 January 2012 – when a new OHS Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice will commence in each state, territory and the Commonwealth. Our HR&IR Update of 22 June 2011 set out the substantive changes to OHS harmonisation. In this edition we discuss the subsequent developments - we may be on the home stretch to implementation of OHS harmonisation but there is still much to be done.

6 June 2011
6 May 2011
December 2010
November 2010

Ulan Full Bench appeal fails: what does reasonable redeployment require?

July 2010

The transitional arrangements in modern awards, which take effect from today, raise a number of very complex issues for employers.

May 2010

Fair Work Act - emerging trends and key issues

6 April 2009

Award modernisation is gathering pace, as the 1 January 2010 deadline draws closer