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health safety and wellbeing

OHS changes, penalties and key cases - what you need to know before going back to work

The disruption that COVID-19 caused to workplaces in 2020 has had widespread implications for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Here are some of the most significant changes to OHS regulations you should be aware of.

01 November 2020

workplace relations

Worker argues to FWC his job could have been saved by JobKeeper

A consultant who had been employed by a business in September 2019 was dismissed in April 2020, just 10 days after the JobKeeper scheme was announced by the Morrison Government.

05 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

WorkSafe inspectors 'out in force' to monitor Victoria’s reopening

Victoria’s safety regulator has said inspectors will be "out in force" to ensure employers are meeting their health and safety obligations as they reopen workplaces across Victoria.

06 November 2020

workplace relations

Employee ‘unfairly dismissed’ despite performance issues, fraud, and secret recordings

The Fair Work Commission has ruled an employee who came to Australia on a 457 visa was unfairly dismissed despite a myriad of concerns because the business failed to comply with the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code.

10 November 2020

workplace relations

Virtual investigations and working remotely: What should be considered?

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely seen an end to face-to-face workplace investigations. Instead, investigators are conducting investigations virtually using telephone and video conferencing platforms. The adoption of virtual means often means processes are quicker and can be a more cost-effective avenue of investigating misconduct. Given many businesses will be moving to ongoing working-from-home arrangements, these virtual processes will be here to stay.

11 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

‘Intentions are irrelevant’ when determining sexual harassment

A tribunal panel has upheld a decision where an employee was the subject of discrimination and sexual harassment after displaying a poster intended to promote health and safety.

17 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

'Flagrant disregard' for worker safety results in massive fine

A worker has been seriously injured who was ordered to manually lift a 119kg steel beam, lift it above their head, and climb a ladder - all while in the rain.

18 November 2020

workplace relations

What you must know before closing your business over Christmas

With the end of the year quickly approaching, your business must use the little time that is left in 2020 to review your HR plan for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period.

20 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

Victorian Chamber looks forward to consultation on Secure Work Pilot Scheme

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will review the Secure Work Pilot Scheme announced today by the Victorian Government.

23 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

New report reveals leading causes, industries of workplace fatalities

A new report released by Safe Work Australia shows how Australia's work-related fatality toll has risen from 146 in 2018 to 183 in 2019. Explore our interactive infographic.

26 November 2020

workplace relations

FWC orders compensation to ex-employee accused of stealing

The Fair Work Commission has ordered more the $28,000 in compensation to a former employee who was accused of stealing from the workplace and fired without a ‘proper investigation’.

27 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

Bullying victim awarded $5.2 million by Federal Court

With no compensation cap on general protection claims, a software company has been ordered to pay a record $5.2 million in damages to an employee who made complaints about his colleagues.

02 December 2020

health safety and wellbeing

FWC backs staff who walked from site over COVID-19 risk

The Fair Work Commission has ordered an employer to pay their staff who refused to attend work after multiple colleagues tested positive for COVID-19.

04 December 2020

economy

Omnibus Bill provides clarity, flexibility and jobs stimulus

The Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill, tabled in Federal Parliament today, will improve clarity and flexibility for both employers and employees and stimulate job creation in our state.

09 December 2020

workplace relations

False, misleading records fail to fool Fair Work Ombudsman

An accountancy firm has been ordered to pay penalties after providing the Fair Work Ombudsman with false records and covering up underpayments for their client.

09 December 2020

workplace relations

What the Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill means for your business

Tabled by the Industrial Relations Minister in Federal Parliament, the proposed changes to Australia’s workplace laws will have a major and lasting impact on our workforce and businesses.

11 December 2020


health safety and wellbeing

OHS changes, penalties and key cases - what you need to know before going back to work

01 November 2020

workplace relations

Worker argues to FWC his job could have been saved by JobKeeper

05 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

WorkSafe inspectors 'out in force' to monitor Victoria’s reopening

06 November 2020

workplace relations

Employee ‘unfairly dismissed’ despite performance issues, fraud, and secret recordings

10 November 2020

workplace relations

Virtual investigations and working remotely: What should be considered?

11 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

‘Intentions are irrelevant’ when determining sexual harassment

17 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

'Flagrant disregard' for worker safety results in massive fine

18 November 2020

workplace relations

What you must know before closing your business over Christmas

20 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

Victorian Chamber looks forward to consultation on Secure Work Pilot Scheme

23 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

New report reveals leading causes, industries of workplace fatalities

26 November 2020

workplace relations

FWC orders compensation to ex-employee accused of stealing

27 November 2020

health safety and wellbeing

Bullying victim awarded $5.2 million by Federal Court

02 December 2020

health safety and wellbeing

FWC backs staff who walked from site over COVID-19 risk

04 December 2020

economy

Omnibus Bill provides clarity, flexibility and jobs stimulus

09 December 2020

workplace relations

False, misleading records fail to fool Fair Work Ombudsman

09 December 2020

workplace relations

What the Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill means for your business

11 December 2020