Managing the risk of workplace bullying – A renewed focus on psychosocial risks
This article examines the recent trend in Victoria – and nationally – of prosecutions by regulators for failures to prevent workplace bullying, and the practical steps that employers can take to mitigate the associated risks. Key takeouts In light of WorkSafe’s renewed focus on psychosocial risks and the courts’ toughening stance on breaches of the...
The WHS Response to psychological health and a PCBU’s obligations
Mental health study could pave the way for better prevention and more resilient workers
New code of practice for managing the mental health of FIFO workers: a first of its kind in Australia
New Zealand: What to do when you suspect an employee is lying during a disciplinary process
The Court of Appeal case of George v Auckland Council  NZCA 209 looked specifically at the situation where an employee was untruthful in a disciplinary process.
Offensive language within the workplace: When does it cross the line?
Do employees have a right to free speech in Australia?
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Overcoming Workforce Management Challenges in the Aged Care Industry
Consultation: is a dismissal harsh, unjust or unreasonable without it?
Does an employee have to be consulted, in accordance with an applicable industrial instrument, about their impending termination? According to a recent decision1 by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), not necessarily. But what about the obligation under the industrial instrument to consult with an employee before terminating their employment? Deputy President Binet (DP Binet) said that...
ASIC Releases Draft Whistleblower Policy Guide
The Dangers of Digital Dismissals
Why sacking senior executives is a risky business
Industrial manslaughter laws tested in first charges
A Queensland company has been charged with industrial manslaughter in what might become the first conviction for industrial manslaughter under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd was charged with industrial manslaughter. Two directors, Asadullah Hussaini and Mohammad Ali Jan Karimi have been charged with category 1 offences under Work...
Enforceable Undertaking update
New Zealand: What could the legalisation of cannabis mean for NZ employers?
NZ: Health and Safety Update – July 2019
New Zealand: Compensation for Employee Availability
An Employment Court decision has confirmed if employers want their employees to be available outside of their normal working hours, then they must pay for their availability, even if they don’t do any extra hours. NZ Post was taken to the Employment Court by the Postal Workers Union, challenging them on the question of whether...
New Zealand: Problems with work visas for employees of non-accredited labour hire companies
It’s official: all permanent employees are entitled to 10 working days of paid sick leave – for now
Can employers legally collect and store employees’ sensitive data?
New Zealand: Employment Court decisions reinforce urgent need for Holidays Act reform
The latest decisions from the Employment Court on the outdated Holidays Act 2003 (Act) reinforce our view that significant change to New Zealand’s holiday pay system must be treated as a matter of urgency by the Government. Our employer clients have consistently ranked this issue as their top employment law priority, but reform continues to...