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.

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.
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.


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