Inspectors crack down on fall risks in construction

WorkSafe Victoria is conducting a State-wide campaign to inspect 1000 construction sites with a focus on identifying and rectifying fall from height risks. This is a timely reminder for those who are duty holders under Victorian OHS legislation—ie employers, principal contractors and others involved in the control or management of a construction site, or an aspect of a construction site—to review their organisation's current compliance approach.  Read more...

Bulletin - Spring 2015

Our quarterly Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: Managing party season | Protecting client relationships through restraints | Mass inconvenience not grounds enough to stop industrial action | Disability discrimination | Super problems during the Christmas season... and more  Read more...

Essendon misses the mark?

WorkSafe Victoria has announced that it has charged Essendon Football Club with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) in relation to the supplements saga that has engulfed the Club since late 2011.  Read more...

Bulletin - Winter 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...

Kenoss project manager not guilty over workplace fatality

The first prosecution of a project manager as an "officer" under the harmonised work health and safety laws has resulted in a not guilty verdict. The decision offers useful guidance to businesses regarding who will be considered an officer under the work health and safety laws, as well as how alleged breaches of officers' due diligence obligations will be treated by the courts.
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Bulletin - Autumn 2015

Our quarterly Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: No adverse action despite termination letter referring to taking of sick leave | Unpaid interns - cheap labour that could cost you | What it takes to bargain in good faith | Sexual behaviour not protected by Sex Discrimination Act |Dismissals on safety grounds - fair cop or not?  Read more...

Bulletin - Summer 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...

2015 - Hot topics in workplace relations and safety

In this eBulletin, we look at what are likely to be the key workplace relations and safety issues and developments in 2015, and what they mean for employers.  Read more...

Bulletin - Spring 2014

Our quarterly Workplace Relations & Safety Bulletin contains articles on topical issues for employers. In this edition: "Legal Professional Privilege Applies"... or does it? Direction to work additional hours unreasonable; Email footers, voicemail messages and messages on company cars are valid industrial action; and Employer's race discrimination investigation upheld as sufficient.  Read more...

Accessorial Liability – where do your responsibilities begin and end?

In this eBulletin, we look at the issue of responsibility and contractor management, including tips for how businesses can reduce the risk of their contracting practices exposing them to claims of being an accessory to a breach of the Fair Work Act.  Read more...

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