Workplace Health and Safety

Thailand: Respecting Workers’ Rights

Human rights continue to keep the pressure on Thailand’s fishing industry, as forced labour and exploitation claims get increasing exposure. Human rights groups continue to report of coercive labour practices in Thailand, in particular, in the fishing industry. In 2015, … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace Health and Safety

Australia: The current position on industrial manslaughter by state and territory

We are witnessing a clear escalation in regulatory activity across Australia, most recently and very topical is the new Industrial Manslaughter (IM) offence. Where a business is found to have negligently caused the death of a worker, the possible consequences … Continue reading

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Australia: Public consultation now open: The model WHS Act is under review

Safe Work Australia is undertaking an examination and report on the content and operation of the model WHS Act.

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Australia: Safety Snapshot – February 2018

For recent developments and trends in safety, click here and see our latest Safety snapshot.

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South Korea: Compliance Check – Korean Labor Management Council

Certain employers operating in Korea are required to have a Labor Management Council (LMC). The purpose of the LMC is to promote harmonious relations between companies and their employees by providing a consultative body utilised by both employees and the … Continue reading

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Australia: Proposed changes to the HVNL

The Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) was introduced into Queensland Parliament yesterday to amend the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) (the Act). A copy of the Bill can be found here. … Continue reading

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APAC: Individual Liberty Under Workplace Safety Laws

Workplace health and safety laws can often be confusing and the consequences of a breach can be significant. This month our team looks at whether there are penalties and offences under workplace health and safety law which can be imposed … Continue reading

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UK: proposed reforms to fitness for work, statutory sick pay and mental health protections

An independent review of mental health at work, commissioned by the Prime Minister, has been published. The Stevenson/Farmer review calls on employers to adopt six mental health core standards covering mental health at work plans, employee awareness and open communication, … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace Health and Safety

UK: ECJ ruling on breastfeeding risk assessments, Acas pregnancy/maternity guidance, and bereavement leave bill

In the Spanish case Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude, the ECJ has ruled that it is insufficient for an employer to carry out only a general risk assessment where a breastfeeding worker’s role poses a potential risk to the … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights, Workplace Health and Safety

Australia: Safety due diligence: one size cannot fit all

With a heightened awareness of officers’ WHS due diligence obligations, there is a risk the lines between governance at the board level and management at the executive level are blurred – which is potentially bad for safety. Steve Bell and … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Australia, Workplace Health and Safety