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Enforceable undertakings and where to find them

Like J.K. Rowling's fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, enforceable undertakings are the magical creatures of work health and safety law, allowing defendants to devote their time and resources to initiatives...more

Fines on the rise under the Work Health and Safety Act

Whereas organisations with no prior convictions generally faced fines of up to $550,000 (for a first offence) and $825,000 (for a second or subsequent offence) under the OHS Act, this has sky-rocketed to a maximum fine of...more

WHS Update: Officer liability

The Model Act New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Territories have broadly similar WHS laws based on the model Act developed by Safe Work Australia (Model Act). Under the Model Act, officers...more

The Duty of Care to Distressed Employees

The Supreme Court of Queensland has allowed a negligence claim by a former nursing home administrator whose pre-existing anxiety disorder was exacerbated by work stressors1....more

Medical devices employee predominately undertaking sales activities not covered by the Commercial Sales Award

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has allowed a jurisdictional objection by Globus Medical that its former Area Manager for Queensland was not covered by the Commercial Sales Award 2010 and therefore he could not bring an unfair...more

WHS Update: Officer liability - Exposure of directors and managers

The Model Act - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Territories have broadly similar WHS laws based on the model Act developed by Safe Work Australia (Model Act). Under the Model Act,...more

Comcare licensees: Push to lower barriers to entry to the federal WHS system

The Federal Government is proposing to make it easier for businesses to opt out of State and Territory specific work health and safety (WHS) laws and to join the Federal WHS system. The case for self-insurance...more

Paid Parental Leave - Government Confirms Commitment TO PPL Changes From 1 July 2015

On 13 May 2014 the Federal Government confirmed its election promise made in May 2013 to introduce a new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme from 1 July 2015. However, the much publicised income threshold for maximum...more

Workplace guides in place for start of Australian anti-bullying laws in 2014 - Replacing proposed Code of Practice

After two years, two drafts and two rounds of public consultation, Safe Work Australia has determined to release its draft Code of Practice on Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying in the form of a Guide (Bullying...more

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Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work (Australia)

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

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