Australia: Increasing WorkSafe oversight and decreasing NDAs – Victorian Government responds to recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment

This week, the Victorian Government released its response to the recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment. In its response, the Victorian Government has acknowledged that work-related gendered violence and workplace sexual harassment are OHS issues, and accepted 21 of the Taskforce’s 26 recommendations (either entirely, or in part or in principle). Read more

Future Of Consumer APAC: Employee engagement trends in the consumer sector

Fatim Jumabhoy and Shivchand Jhinku focus their predictions on four key areas, particularly as consumer companies grapple with their post-covid positions, including managing employee wellbeing, return to work issues, increasing bullying and harassment claims and the rise in employee activism. They note some surprising trends and research outcomes, including the interdependency between each of the … Read more

Australia: Changes to the Model Work Health and Safety Laws

Last month, SafeWork Australia revealed a suite of significant changes to the Model Work Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice (Model Law). The changes follow a number of recommendations that arose from Marie Boland’s independent review of the content and operation of the Model Law (Boland Review) in 2018.  In May 2021, … Read more

Australia: Super is changing on 1 July 2022 – are you ready?

There are a raft of changes to superannuation laws that are taking effect from 1 July 2022, some of which will impact how employers make superannuation contributions on behalf of their employees. Whilst the changes themselves are relatively simple, implementing them could be considerably more complex. It’s worth taking a look at your current arrangements … Read more

Australia: Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision

On 15 June 2022, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down the Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision awarding a 5.2% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). This results in an increase of $40 per week, bringing the NMW to $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour. Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 14

By Olga Klimczak and Nerida Jessup Episode 14 – Fix the workplace, not the worker with David Burroughs, Westpac In this episode, our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team take the wheel, with Olga Klimczak and Nerida Jessup hosting special guest, David Burroughs, Chief Mental Health Officer at Westpac. It’s an important, and lively, discussion on how organisations are shaping work … Read more