Be more specific! WHS charge dismissed due to insufficient complaint

Complaints or charges issued by regulators that do not identify the specific omissions that are said to constitute an offence may be dismissed. This has recently been confirmed by a decision in the Queensland District Court. In Archer v Simon Transport Pty Ltd [2015] QDC 263, the employer, Simon Transport Pty Ltd, was charged with breaching its general duty of …

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Just a Little Bit Over

Just a little bit over? How far over can you be and still keep your job? According to the Fair …

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Queensland Workers’ Compensation Reforms

In 2013, by way of the Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation & Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 (Qld), the Newman Government introduced …

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Psst have you heard? Gossip can amount to bullying

Spreading gossip about other workers may be bullying under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘the Act’) according to a …

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Tick, Tick, Boom! Safe Work Australia wants your explosive submissions

It is hard to believe that one of the most dangerous aspects of many Australian businesses – the use of …

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Repetition, repetition, repetition – employee fails to obtain a stop bullying order because the unreasonable acts were not repeated

An employee has failed to obtain anti-bullying orders, despite proving that the company had engaged in unreasonable behaviour on 4 …

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Why not both? Full Bench solves the urine versus saliva drug testing dilemma

An issue that has been plaguing employers for some time has been given some clarification with the Fair Work Commission …

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Excuse me, officer? Court considers who is an ‘officer’ under the WHS Act

Not all management employees will qualify as an ‘officer’ for the purposes of the model Work Health and Safety Act …

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Mythbusters: You can’t share information about a privileged investigation

Legal professional privilege is an issue that is often misunderstood. A common myth is that it prevents information sharing within …

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Turning back the clock: Changes to Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act

The Queensland Government has indicated in its budget that the proposed changes to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 …

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New Drug and Alcohol Helpline for FIFO Workers Launched

A new helpline for fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers struggling with drug and alcohol problems was launched on Sunday, 26 July …

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