Workplace Health & Safety

Are you addressing and promptly investigating all incidents and near misses internally?

“Not only is it a legal requirement to report all incidents internally and, when applicable, report them externally, it demonstrates to workers that the organisation takes safety issues seriously,” writes the team at Dibbs Barker’s People & Workplace services group.

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South Australia’s new Return to Work legislation

In rejecting a constitutional challenge to South Australia’s new Return to Work legislation a tribunal has upheld its statutory power to order employers to reinstate injured workers who have been improperly dismissed, reminding employers that return to work obligations may result in some cost and inconvenience; writes Shae McCarthy of Clayton Utz.

Are employers nervous and confused about their rights in managing sick leave?

Briony Pole of Minter Ellison reminds us that single day absences on sick leave can be damaging to a business. “The best way to minimise ‘sickies’ is to require employees to provide doctors’ certificates as evidence,” she says. Read more on the topic of ill and injured employees as well as some of the other HR topics her clients are dealing with.

Top five trends effecting HR teams in Australia

“Industrial tribunals are becoming more intrusive,” says David Dilger in this ELM Exclusive interview. “We are now seeing employees being far more willing to ‘invite’ FWC into their workplaces .” Read about top trends, workplace bullying, and dealing with ongoing absences in this detailed and practical article.