Workplace Health and Safety

New Zealand: Employer health and safety

Employee carelessness is no defence to an employer's obligation to take all practicable steps to prevent against reasonably foreseeable risks in the workplace.

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Singapore: Preventing workplace injuries

The Singapore District Court recently heard a claim by a former employee seeking further compensation to that already provided by his employer following a workplace injury. While the claim was dismissed, the case is a timely reminder for employers of … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Health and Safety – subcontracting liability

The Lam Pak Keung Case The recent decision of the Court of Appeal (CoA), in the case of Lam Pak Keung v Ip Tsz Keung & Others (the Lam Pak Keung case) [CACV 151/2015] serves as a useful reminder that … Continue reading

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Australia: One size plaster cast does not fit all – Navigating the pitfalls of dismissing an injured or incapacitated worker

In brief Many employers will, at some point, be faced with the difficult task of terminating the employment of an employee who has been absent from work for some time and is no longer able to perform their job due … Continue reading

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Filed under Discrimination and equal pay, Jurisdiction: Australia, Termination of employment, Workplace Health and Safety

UK: Whistleblowing – employers face uphill struggle to strike out claims for lack of “public interest”

A recent EAT ruling has highlighted that, in many cases, the prospects of striking out a whistleblowing claim at a preliminary hearing on the basis of lack of public interest will be minimal. In particular, where the claimant raises an … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Whistleblowing, Workplace Health and Safety

China: Draft implementation regulations on work safety law issued

In response to the frequent and often disastrous work-related accidents (the devastating explosion in Tianjin Port is a recent example), the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been making efforts to enhance work safety. Following the enactment … Continue reading

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Russia: Higher penalties for breaches of employment legislation

On 1 January 2015 new amendments governing the liability of employers for breaches of Russian employment legislation entered into force. In particular, the general penalty for breach of employment legislation has been increased. Moreover, some new penalties have been introduced … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment law reforms, Jurisdiction: Russia, Workplace Health and Safety

Japan: Employers to offer stress checks to workers

From December 2015 amendments to Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act will require employers regularly employing 50 workers or more to offer an annual stress check to employees. This will include staff on secondment to overseas offices. Workplaces with fewer … Continue reading

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UK: New resources

Acas small employers' guide on handling staff pay Acas guides explaining the rights to leave for attending antenatal and adoption appointments and on surrogacy NICE guidance to help employers improve the health and wellbeing of employees

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Filed under Family-friendly rights, Resources, Workplace Health and Safety

UK: Fit for Work – employer guidance recommends review of sickness policies

The DWP has published guidance notes on the new Fit for Work scheme being phased in over 2015, recommending that employers update their sickness absence policies. The Government has said it will confirm the timetable for implementing the scheme shortly.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Time off rights, Workplace Health and Safety