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Workplace Matters

Welcome to Workplace Matters, your online resource for all things employment and safety.

On this page you will find our latest thinking in the form of alerts, publications, articles, opinions and podcasts. With our insights all in the one place, we aim to make it as easy as possible to find what you are looking for to support you in how you do business every day.

27 September 2023 | Industrial manslaughter gains traction in the Territory

In March 2022, the Territory saw its first industrial manslaughter prosecution followed by a second in March 2023; it is likely more prosecutions will follow.
3 July 2023 | Workplace changes to be across for FY23/24

As we enter a new financial year, some big changes relevant to your employees are now in place.
29 May 2023 | Assessing the impact: six months on from the amendments to the NT Anti-Discrimination Act

To address the increasingly topical issue of discrimination in modern society, the NT Government amended several key sections of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT) in November 2022.
26 April 2023 | Sparke Helmore recognised as Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year for Occupational Health and Safety Law

Sparke Helmore is pleased to announce that we have been recognised as the Law Firm of the Year for Occupational Health and Safety Law in Australia in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers.
2 March 2023 | Doyle's Guide 2023: our Workplace team shining again

We are pleased to announce that our NSW and ACT Workplace teams have been recognised in the latest round of Doyle's rankings.
7 February 2023 | Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2022

This article highlights key changes proposed to Category 1 offences, to the ability to insure against WHS penalties and relating to Comcare Inspectors' powers. It also outlines other proposed amendments.
16 December 2022 | Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 - Bargaining and Industrial Action

As part of the suite of changes that have been introduced by the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act 2020, the Government has made significant changes to the bargaining and enterprise agreement systems in the Fair Work Act 2009.
14 December 2022 | Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 - Fixed term contracts

On 6 December 2022 the Honourable Tony Burke confirmed the provisions relating to fixed term contracts. Read our updated article, originally published on 16 November.


Catherine Wilkinson
Catherine Wilkinson
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