Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 21 August 2015

Our quarterly Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: Managing poor performers – some practical tips | Operating an independent agency: employee or contractor? | Down, but not out: expired enterprise agreements may still be terminated | No beards, no worries: Victorian Supreme Court finds Police grooming policy not discriminatory  Read more...

Employment law eBulletin - 17 February 2015

The Fair Work Commission recently provided guidance on the scope of the anti-bullying provisions in the Fair Work Act, when it considered the question of when, and in what circumstances, a worker is 'at work' in relation to allegations of workplace bullying.  Read more...

Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin - 13 February 2015

Our quarterly Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: Modern awards - assessing coverage and application; Employment restraints - is it reasonable to freeze an ex-employee in 8,190 ways?; Interpreting enterprise agreements - what's involved?; Wrongful termination for reaching retirement age; Supreme Court of NSW confirms wide scope of pwers granted to inspectors under WHS legislation; and more.  Read more...

Environment eBulletin - 3 February 2015

In this eBulletin, we examine three basic core components of any good environmental management system and raise some useful questions for your business to consider with regard to identifying risks and obligations, taking action and developing good audit systems.  Read more...

Environment eBulletin - 10 July 2014

The flurry of activity at the start of the new financial year is over. But is your organisation ready for the coming changes to Federal climate change legislation? The key change is, of course, the repeal of national climate change regulation, which most of us know as "the carbon tax". This is to be replaced with a new emissions reduction fund.  Read more...

Environment eBulletin - 28 April 2014

Environmental regulators in Victoria and NSW are increasingly focussing their enforcement activities on illegal waste handling. In the drive to achieve compliance, organisations often turn their focus to minimising waste streams, reusing and recycling. Frequently, however, less obvious waste streams, such as waste water or contaminated soils, can go undetected and unmanaged. These present a real compliance risk if not managed appropriately. In this eBulletin we examine some common issues for waste stream management and raise some useful questions for your business to consider.  Read more...

Environment eBulletin - 1 April 2014

The relationship between site owners or operators and their contractors is often complex. EHS personnel will be familiar with the general legal position that applies to safety liability, but the same principle does not apply to environmental liability. In this eBulletin, we suggest practical considerations for managing environmental liabilities in relation to contractors, and look at some useful questions for your business to consider.  Read more...

Planning eBulletin - 21 February 2014

A range of changes to the codes and regulations that govern exempt and complying developments will come into effect on 22 February 2014. In this eBulletin we highlight some of the new commercial and industrial codes and fire safety requirements.  Read more...

Environment eBulletin - 24 January 2014

We've identified the top 10 legal challenges and risks that in our view are likely to pose the greatest cost, legal or reputational risks and administrative burden for organisations in 2014. The list is based on our first-hand experience advising Australian corporations throughout 2013 and our insight into the real challenges face by environment managers.  Read more...

Property, Planning & Environment eBulletin - 22 October 2013

Balancing development and protecting the native vegetation and the environment has been an environmentally and politically sensitive issue for many years. In this eBulletin, we outline some of the key features of the new Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 and the proposals to streamline approval processes.  Read more...

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