Companies and officers accused of WHS breaches could bear the onus of proving they took all reasonably practicable steps to prevent an incident occurring, while the offence of industrial manslaughter will be added to the national model WHS Act, with Labor taking power in the Federal election on the weekend.
A major logistics employer should have been more transparent with a group of shift managers who expressed safety concerns when they were asked to step into stevedoring roles during an industrial dispute, a full bench of the Fair Work Commission has found in upholding the reinstatement of all six managers.
A PCBU that declined to act on the safety advice of an electrician has been convicted and fined for three serious WHS offences, including failing to consult and coordinate activities with the company tasked with installing and commissioning its imported plant.
A worker whose unfair dismissal case hinged on a letter from the Prime Minister, stating vaccines are not compulsory in Australia, and who claimed her employer failed to consult her before requiring her to be vaccinated against COVID-19, was not unfairly sacked, a commission has found.
PCBUs working within contractual chains can owe WHS duties to workers they don't have direct contractual arrangements with, while individuals can have simultaneous duties as PCBUs and workers, according to new Safe Work Australia guidance.
Workers who are children face unique health and safety challenges at work, but their employers' policies and processes are often not age-appropriate and block them from reporting issues or engaging with safety, the director of a children's organisation says.
A number of employers' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic created suspicion among workers and damaged the "psychological contract", highlighting the need for "relational repair" and workplace safety improvements, according to research conducted with a safety regulator.