Care and control
A recent decision from the District Court of New South Wales has highlighted the importance of a host employer’s duty of care to any labour-hire worker it engages where the work directions and conditions are within the host employer’s knowledge and control.
Put it in writing
Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation imposes positive obligations on employers to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to accommodate an employee’s disability, unless doing so would cause unjustifiable hardship to the business.
Conviction under work health and safety legalisation can result in significant fines and/or imprisonment.
Weighing the costs
In a matter recently before the Federal Circuit Court of Australia an employer successfully claimed that an employee acted unreasonably in the course of proceedings and the employer was awarded costs of $35,000.
What does “workplace culture” really mean and what happens when workplace culture becomes damaged or toxic?
Free free, set them free!
An employer was ordered to pay $10,000 in compensation to a former supervisor who had been dismissed five months into her probation period.
Is it safe???
A workplace incident involving a worker struck by a forklift has demonstrated the importance of having documented systems of work and induction processes in place that are accessible for all workers.
Under workers compensation legislation, an employer will only be liable for an injury if that injury arises out of or in the course of the worker’s employment.
In most cases, it is clear when an employee is dismissed or has resigned. There is usually some formal discussion or at the very least, a termination or resignation letter.
We all have different hobbies, activities or interests we want to share with our friends and colleagues. However, not all interests are appropriate for the workplace.
Fly, eagle, fly
The NRL’s Manly Sea Eagles have faced an uncomfortable situation regarding a key employee in recent times.
Muddying the waters
The general protections provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) make it unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against a person for a prohibited reason.
Anyone can accessorise
Employees making claims against their employers are able to name individuals they believe to have been involved in the contraventions of the FW Act that make up their claim.
By taking a “safety first” approach, workers are educated in WHS matters, how to report WHS issues, concerns or near misses and are assured that such matters will be taken seriously.
Brand -new day
The 76ers are in the spotlight again following recent posts on the Twitter account of Bob Muscala, the father of one of its players.
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