Workplace Health and Safety

Australia: Victorian State Election update: Labor is re-elected for a second term – what does this mean for industrial relations in Victoria over the next four years?

The Victorian state election on Saturday 24 November 2018 was characterised by large swings, with the Liberal party losing several previously safe seats and Premier Daniel Andrews successfully leading the ALP to a clear victory, having significantly increased its majority. … Continue reading

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Australia: Safety Snapshot – November 2018

To read about recent developments and trends in safety, click here and see our latest Safety Snapshot.

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Australia: Workplace violence and red collar crime: Is it more threatening than you think?

Workplace violence is a significant and ongoing risk that employers should be alive to because it affects employee health, safety and wellbeing, which in turn impacts on productivity, absenteeism, sickness and replacement costs, to name a few.  In respect of … Continue reading

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Australia: Key findings from the Senate’s review of WHS laws

A Senate Committee has concluded its deliberations regarding its review into the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths. A sense of ‘back to the future’ arises in considering many of the Majority’s recommendations. The Majority report recommends giving Unions … Continue reading

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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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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: Petroleum and gas industry faces changes

In anticipation of amendments to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld) (Act), companies covered by the Act should begin turning their minds to current appointments and potential changes they may wish to implement, particularly taking into … Continue reading

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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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