New WHS Regulations

The NSW Government has, as part of its review and update of state WHS laws (see https://robertslegal.com.au/nsw-health-and-safety-act-amendments-passed/), introduced new regulations dovetailing into recent changes in the Work Health & Safety Act (NSW) 2011 that all business should consider and ensure that they are compliant with. The Work Health & Safety Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2020 commenced … Read more New WHS Regulations

Significant WHS penalties for local Newcastle business

A local Newcastle company, Landmark Roofing Pty Limited, have been fined $400,000.00 over the death of an inexperienced worker in the NSW District Court by Judge David Russell on 7 August 2020. Judge Russell found Landmark guilty of breaching sections 19 and 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act (NSW) 2011 following the death of … Read more Significant WHS penalties for local Newcastle business

NSW Health and Safety Act Amendments Passed

Amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) which had been before Parliament since November 2019 were finally passed by the State Legislative Council on 4 June 2020 and commenced operation on 10 June 2020. As was anticipated in our earlier article, the new laws contain significant amendments to the current Act with … Read more NSW Health and Safety Act Amendments Passed

Industrial Manslaughter – First Conviction Recorded in Australia

In a first for WHS prosecutions, on 11 June 2020, The District Court of Queensland handed down a judgement which became the first recorded conviction and sentencing under industrial manslaughter legislation in Australia. The Case Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Limited was convicted and fined a record $3 million after pleading guilty to causing the death … Read more Industrial Manslaughter – First Conviction Recorded in Australia

‘The Hard Choices’ Webinar – 14 April 2020

If you missed our recent ‘Hard Choices’ Webinar please find a link to the presentation below. The Webinar provides a summary and analysis of the JobKeeper program with clear and succinct guidance on what this legislation means for businesses and how the program will operate. How can we help? Our expert Employment Law team can … Read more ‘The Hard Choices’ Webinar – 14 April 2020

The JobKeeper Payment Explained

On 8 April 2020, the Federal Government passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package 2020 which authorised the introduction of the widely publicised “JobKeeper payment” for eligible employees. The JobKeeper payment is a wage supplement of $1,500.00 per fortnight (subject to PAYG tax) that is being introduced by the Federal Government to eligible businesses for eligible … Read more The JobKeeper Payment Explained

Industrial Manslaughter – A Bridge Too Far For New South Wales

Recently proposed safety legislation in NSW indicates that industrial manslaughter is simply a bridge too far for our state Government. The introduction and passing by the Legislative Assembly of the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 clearly indicates that we have baulked at this level of regulation in our state. This is despite … Read more Industrial Manslaughter – A Bridge Too Far For New South Wales

New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure

Podcast: Ep 32 Special Counsel Jeremy Kennedy Explains How New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure In Podcast 32 for OHS.com.au, we discuss the new legislation about to go through the NSW parliament that makes WHS Penalties tougher on business owners / PCBU’s. Once passed, the ability to insure against WHS Criminal Penalties will become illegal. … Read more New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure

WHS Update

SafeWork NSW – “Johnny on the spot” – New power to issue on the spot fines against individuals and corporations Employers need to be aware that following amendments to the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017 (the Regulations)[1], SafeWork inspectors have been granted additional powers to issue on the spot penalty notices against persons conducting … Read more WHS Update

No More Work Health & Safety Net

Major WHS Changes for Companies & their Officers Following findings of the Federal Senate Inquiry –‘They never came home – the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia’ into the model Work Health & Safety Act and its operation since 2011 the NSW Parliament has been the first state to … Read more No More Work Health & Safety Net