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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.

16 June 2022 | Sparkes shine with excellence in leadership

We are pleased to announce that three of our Partners, Catherine Wilkinson, Dalvin Chien and Katherine Whittemore have been recognised as finalists for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in their respective categories.
16 June 2022 | Congratulations to Sam Jackson!

We are pleased to announce that Sam Jackson, Partner based in our Melbourne office has been recognised as a finalist in the category 'New Partner of the Year (3 years or less)' in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.
27 May 2022 | Projections on post-election labour law reforms

After a hotly contested election campaign, the Albanese Labor Government is widely expected to push ahead with its significant proposed reforms to workplace-related legislation.
5 May 2022 | The wait is over: a glance at Western Australia's WHS Act

WA has joined all other Australian jurisdictions (except Victoria) in the adoption of harmonised work health and safety laws with effect from 31 March 2022.
22 April 2022 | Congratulations to Christopher Peppel and Georgina Dodd for being recognised as finalists in the 30 Under 30 Awards

We are proud to announce that Christopher Peppel and Georgina Dodd have both been recognised as finalists in the 2022 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.
21 April 2022 | 70 Sparke Helmore Lawyers make 2023 Best Lawyers list

We would like to congratulate our 70 lawyers who have been included on the Best Lawyers' list for 2023.
21 April 2022 | Sparkes on the rise! "Ones to Watch" in Best Lawyers 2023 list revealed

We would like to congratulate our 20 lawyers who have been recognised in the inaugural Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" category.
4 April 2022 | Individual convicted and sentenced to 18 months jail time for industrial manslaughter

Jeffrey Owen, business owner of Owen's Electric Motor Rewinds in Gympie, has been convicted under Queensland's industrial manslaughter laws, and sentenced to a five-year jail term.
21 March 2022 | Labour hire changes to OHS Act to commence 22 March 2022

The definitions of "employer" and "employee" will expand and the duty to consult has been inserted, with changes commencing 22 March 2022.
17 March 2022 | Renewed focus on superannuation guarantee obligations and contractor payments

Two decisions have renewed the focus on payments made by principals to individuals engaged as contractors.


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