We are a recommended Workplace Health & Safety Law Firm in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2017.
We assist employers in the management of workplace health and safety incidents and advise on their obligations. This includes identifying front-end WHS issues to ensure policies and procedures are in place to minimise safety incidents.
We work with businesses to develop WHS policies and procedures and advise company directors and officers on their obligations to minimise exposure to liability.
- Presenting to Executive Management teams on WHS obligations and potential officer liability.
- Advising a publicly listed company on its WHS obligations following a ‘near miss’ incident involving work undertaken by contractors.
- Drafting suitable WHS clauses for large corporates to include in commercial agreements.
Commercial| 02 Jul 2020
Directors and officers don’t get bitten: amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) are making penalties bite
Under recent changes to the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act), directors and officers cannot be insured or indemnified for penalties for WorkSafe breaches. Our Insurance and Corporate teams discuss the implications of these changes for directors and officers (and their companies), insurance providers and brokers.
Employment| 16 Jun 2020
Two directors have been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and the business fined a record $3 million following the death of a worker in Australia’s first ever industrial manslaughter conviction. Our Employment team discusses the implications of the Decision for employers and how it is likely to motivate regulators to pursue more punitive penalties for non-compliance with work, health and safety obligations.
Thinking| 04 Apr 2019
The District Court has recently dismissed a worker’s appeal against a finding that he was not entitled to weekly payments on the basis of total incapacity for a period after he was made redundant until he obtained new employment and thereafter for a residual partial incapacity.