State Parliament pushes for changes to WHS legislation

NRA Legal A new Bill introduced to Queensland State Parliament recently proposes some significant changes to Queensland’s Work Health and...

NRA Legal A new Bill introduced to Queensland State Parliament recently proposes some significant changes to Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘WHS Act)’, including a new, criminal offence for industrial manslaughter, carrying up to 20 years’ imprisonment for individuals and $12,615,000 for bodies corporate. The Bill adopts some of...

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HeadCoach tackles mental health in the workplace

The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Australians is high and often goes unrecognised, despite the substantial labour cost...

The prevalence of depression and anxiety among Australians is high and often goes unrecognised, despite the substantial labour cost of mental illness in Australia (estimated to be $49 billion). Supervisors hold a key leadership responsibility in managing and enhancing the welfare and mental health of their staff. Clear guidelines have...

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An essential guide to creating a mentally healthy workplace

There are three broad areas to focus on when developing your strategy for a healthy workplace: raising awareness and...

There are three broad areas to focus on when developing your strategy for a healthy workplace: raising awareness and reducing stigma; supporting employees with mental health conditions; and promoting a positive working environment.As a leader, there are many things you can do to create an environment where staff feel...

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Why passive bullying is still bullying

Bullying is a serious issue. It dramatically raises stress levels for the person being bullied and is a major...

Bullying is a serious issue. It dramatically raises stress levels for the person being bullied and is a major risk factor for developing mental health conditions.Unsurprisingly, beyondblue’s State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia study found 76 per cent of employees said depression and anxiety – the most common...

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Amendments to Work Health and Safety Act 2011 get green light from Queensland Government

As part of its commitment to improving safety for Queenslanders at work, the Palaszcuk Government has passed a new...

As part of its commitment to improving safety for Queenslanders at work, the Palaszcuk Government has passed a new Bill, which introduces a number of changes to the State’s work health and safety (WHS) laws.The WHS Bill aims to restore elements of the original Work Health and Safety Act...

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Fire safety workshops for Queensland small businesses

The Office of Industrial Relations, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are running free workshops to cover a range of...

The Office of Industrial Relations, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are running free workshops to cover a range of work health and safety topics, including:• Basic safety management system• Risk management• Safe work procedures• Safe work method statements (for high risk construction work)• Basic risk management for manual tasks• Incident and emergency response• Hazardous chemicals• Health and...

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Distress and humiliation suffered after adverse action

The Federal Circuit Court has found The Monitoring Centre (TMC) took adverse action against their general manager who had...

The Federal Circuit Court has found The Monitoring Centre (TMC) took adverse action against their general manager who had made a workplace complaint when the company asked employees to provide negative feedback about the general manager and ultimately used this feedback to terminate her.The former employee made a formal...

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$1.3million in damages ordered to be paid for bullying and harassment

Safe Work Australia has published the Second Annual National Statement which identifies emerging trends in psychosocial health, safety and...

Safe Work Australia has published the Second Annual National Statement which identifies emerging trends in psychosocial health, safety and bullying in Australian workplaces.The data in the statement is based on data from accepted worker’s compensation claims involving mental stress.The statement highlights some interesting workplace trends:• the median direct cost of...

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Health assessment appeal overruled

The recent case of Hail Creek Coal Pty Ltd v Haylett & Anor QCA 259 (4 December 2015)...

The recent case of Hail Creek Coal Pty Ltd v Haylett & Anor QCA 259 (4 December 2015) has provided guidance on the limitations of an employer seeking health information from an employee.The employee began as a Drill Rig Operator at the Hail Creek Mine and in 2010...

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Amendments to Work Health and Safety Act 2011 come into effect

As part of its commitment to improving safety for Queenslanders at work, the Palaszcuk Government has introduced a number...

As part of its commitment to improving safety for Queenslanders at work, the Palaszcuk Government has introduced a number of changes to the State’s work health and safety (WHS) laws.Legislation that was recently passed to restore elements of the original Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld), which were...

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Commission Insights into Stop Bullying Orders

Article by F.Dunstone – Workplace AdvisorIn this case update, the National Retail Association (NRA) Legal team reviews the recent Fair...

Article by F.Dunstone – Workplace AdvisorIn this case update, the National Retail Association (NRA) Legal team reviews the recent Fair Work Commission decision on 16 November 2015 of Sharon Bowker, Annette Coombe and Stephen Zwarts v DP World Melbourne Limited T/A DP World; Maritime Unions of Australia, The, Victorian Branch...

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October is Safe Work Month

As part of Safe Work Month, Safe Work Australia is hosting a series of free, interactive online seminars that...

As part of Safe Work Month, Safe Work Australia is hosting a series of free, interactive online seminars that showcase the latest thinking, innovation, research and developments in work health and safety. The seminars features business leaders, academics and work health and safety experts sharing ideas, experiences, skills...

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WHS Update September 2015

We welcome our members to the September edition of the WHS Update. With the busy period fast approaching,...

We welcome our members to the September edition of the WHS Update. With the busy period fast approaching, we would like to ask you to take a moment to reflect on whether you need to set some WH&S goals to get your staff safely through the busy period...

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WHS Update July 2015

Happy new financial year to all of our members and welcome to the July WHS update. In this month’s update...

Happy new financial year to all of our members and welcome to the July WHS update. In this month’s update we look at the safety initiatives of one of Australia’s largest employers, Kmart, and the work they are doing in the WHS space. We also urge all of our members to...

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WHS Update June 2015

Heads Up: Mentally healthy workplaces start with everyoneThe National Retail Association is proud in joining ACCI and Beyond Blue...

Heads Up: Mentally healthy workplaces start with everyoneThe National Retail Association is proud in joining ACCI and Beyond Blue to promote mentally healthy workplaces and prevent the risk of harm caused to workers who may be suffering from, or likely to suffer a mental illness. The importance of workplace...

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WHS Update April 2015

Welcome to the April WH&S update. With the first quarter of 2015 done and dusted, we would like to...

Welcome to the April WH&S update. With the first quarter of 2015 done and dusted, we would like to ask you to take a moment to reflect on whether the WH&S goals set for 2015 are on their way to being met. For those of us who need a...

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