NRA Legal: Work Health and Safety Workshops

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their staff. This translates to a...

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their staff. This translates to a need to provide a sufficient system for managing health and safety hazards and risks in the workplace. One way of ensuring compliance with your duty of care is to implement...

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Bully boss charged under Brodie’s Law

by Ben Desir, Workplace Advisor, NRA LegalAn electrician has been brought before a Melbourne Magistrate to face charges under...

by Ben Desir, Workplace Advisor, NRA LegalAn electrician has been brought before a Melbourne Magistrate to face charges under Victoria’s strict workplace bullying laws.In Victoria, persons who engage in bullying behaviour can be prosecuted under the Crimes Act 1958 (Crimes Act). The Crimes Act was amended in 2011 to...

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Workplace bullying on the rise

by Meaghan Spencer, NRA Legal Workplace AdvisorResults from a study conducted by Australian Workplace Barometer Project have revealed that...

by Meaghan Spencer, NRA Legal Workplace AdvisorResults from a study conducted by Australian Workplace Barometer Project have revealed that bullying is prevalent and on the rise in workplaces across Australia.A worker is bullied at work if an individual or a group of individuals repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards the worker,...

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Discrimination still a major player in organisations

Australia Post was ordered to pay $40,000 in compensation for a colleague racially discriminating against a worker. However, claims...

Australia Post was ordered to pay $40,000 in compensation for a colleague racially discriminating against a worker. However, claims for aggravated damages and exemplary damages were rejected.A postal delivery driver for Australia Post was subjected to racial teasing by being called “a black bastard”, a “f@#*ing black bastard” and...

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Termination of bully upheld as a fair dismissal

A mineworker, along with two other colleagues who were dismissed for bullying a fellow employee by boxing his vehicle...

A mineworker, along with two other colleagues who were dismissed for bullying a fellow employee by boxing his vehicle in on a highway, failed to convince the FWC that they were dismissed unfairly.Rio Tinto subsidiary Coal & Allied Mining Services Pty Ltd (Mt Thorley) conducted an investigation into the...

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Bullying linked to suicidal thoughts

This week saw the National Retail Association facilitate two mental health workshops to help our members identify and manage...

This week saw the National Retail Association facilitate two mental health workshops to help our members identify and manage mental health issues in the workplace.New Australian research has identified that workplace bullying and harassment increases the likelihood of a worker developing suicidal thoughts. These results highlight a growing need...

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IR Update: Bullied employee compensated by FWC for being sacked

Commissioner Julius Roe ordered PQ Australia to compensate a bullied employee $43,900 for forcing him to resign. The FWC...

Commissioner Julius Roe ordered PQ Australia to compensate a bullied employee $43,900 for forcing him to resign. The FWC found the employee, was unfairly dismissed before being forced to resign for failing to attend an unnecessary medical appointment to be assessed by the company’s nominated doctor.The employee had previously...

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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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IR Update: $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...

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IR Update: Commission insights into stop bullying orders

In this case update, the NRA Legal team reviews the recent Fair Work Commission decision on 16 November 2015...

In this case update, the 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 and Others FWC 7312. This decision...

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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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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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