Work Health and Safety

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to shape the workplace, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was recently called upon to consider the clashes between an employer’s right to seek information related to an employee’s travel activities, work health and safety (WHS) obligations, and privacy protections. On 29 June 2020, the FWC dismissed an unfair dismissal […]

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A recent prosecution of two workers for Category One offences under the harmonised WHS laws resulted in convictions but no jail time for the offenders. The South Australian Employment Tribunal heard that a site supervisor, Mr Rowe, squirted flammable liquid onto an apprentice’s boot and used a cigarette lighter to ignite the liquid. A second […]

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On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its mammoth final report.  This was the culmination of the five year inquiry, during which the Commission heard from over 8,000 survivors of abuse. The report is wide ranging in the scope of its recommendations for an array of parties […]

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