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.

9 July 2021 | Proposed industrial manslaughter provisions to Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (ACT)

Proposed changes to industrial manslaughter laws related to Work Health & Safety were introduced to the ACT Legislative Assembly on 24 June 2021.
24 June 2021 | Insurance for OHS offences to be outlawed in VIC and other possible changes

The Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 poses new offences and liabilities, shifting the Victorian WHS landscape.
10 June 2021 | The Evolving Workplace: Fair Work Act update

Our Workplace team discuss recent changes to the Fair Work Act in this latest episode, outlining five key issues employers need to be across.
7 June 2021 | Employers: be aware of upcoming increases to the superannuation guarantee effective from 1 July 2021

The superannuation guarantee is legislated to increase from 9.5% to 12% in 0.5% increments from 2021 through to 2025.
4 June 2021 | WA Director jailed and record fine for company following workplace fatality

A company director has been sentenced to two years and two months' imprisonment following breaches of WA's occupational safety and health duty provisions.
27 May 2021 | Psychosocial risks to be covered by WHS Regulations

Federal, State and Territory Ministers who are responsible for work health and safety met and voted to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.
3 May 2021 | The Evolving Workplace podcast series: Reasonable directions and the duty to ensure health and safety in the COVID-normal workplace

In our 10th episode, hosted by Partner Brendan Charles, Senior Associate Susan Withycombe-Taperell and Associate Ashley Sherr answer questions relating to COVID-19 in the workplace.
28 April 2021 | Taking a pledge to ensure workplace respect and safety-#IStandForRespect

We stand in support of the Diversity Council Australia's latest campaign to make Australian workplaces respectful and safe.
22 April 2021 | Confirmation of Fair Work Commission’s jurisdiction in general protections applications

Confirmation of the Fair Work Commission's jurisdiction broadens employers' ability to challenge certain general protections applications before they get to court.
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.


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