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.

8 April 2021 | Victorian Spent Convictions Act 2021—Implications for Anti-Discrimination Legislation

On 30 March 2021, the Spent Convictions Act 2021 became law in Victoria, the last state in Australia to introduce a spent convictions scheme.
26 March 2021 | Amended Omnibus Bill passed—What it means for casual employment

Our Workplace team highlights the key changes and considerations for employers related to casual employment, which will come into effect soon.
19 March 2021 | The power to make lawful and reasonable directions in a COVID normal world

As Australia moves towards its COVID-19 vaccine roll out, we discuss employer obligations and what to look out for related to lawful and reasonable directions.
1 March 2021 | The Evolving Workplace: Modern Slavery

Ian Bennett, Ben Gottlieb and Josephine Lennon discuss the five key facts you need to know about Modern Slavery, ahead of the 31 March reporting deadline.
22 January 2021 | Proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009

Our Workplace team review the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 set out in the recent Omnibus Bill that passed through Parliament in late-2020.Written by Brendan Charles, Seamus Burke, Emma Gruschka, Ian Bennett, Ben Gottlieb, Ariel Curtis, Jessica Phillips, and Lawrence Leung.
16 December 2020 | The Evolving Workplace: Employment & Safety - year in review

Roland Hassall and Bill Kritharas discuss key employment and safety developments in 2020, from WHS laws to the Productivity Commission's recommendations.
26 November 2020 | The Evolving Workplace - Dreamworld incident - an insider's perspective

Jackson Inglis is joined by Barrister Craig Eberhardt who provides a unique perspective of the tragic Dreamworld accident following his involvement with the 2018 Coronial Inquest.
15 October 2020 | One step closer to proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009

Government is closer to revealing its much-anticipated workplace relations reforms, which we anticipate will have a significant impact on employers.
14 October 2020 | The Evolving Workplace: Navigating the intersection between workplace laws and privacy laws

In this podcast we discuss reasonable and lawful directions to employees and the requirements that must be satisfied in order to collect personal and sensitive information.
2 October 2020 | NSW Government seeks input on proposed new Code dealing with psychological risks in the workplace

Call for submissions on draft Code of Practice, as NSW aims to help businesses mitigate and manage mental health risks in the workplace.


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