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.
Discrimination & Equal Opportunity| 04 Mar 2021
Menstrual and menopausal leave: from flexible work to best practice in gender equality and wellbeing in the workplace
In a post-COVID world, many of the flexibilities envisaged in the menstrual and menopausal leave policies implemented to date are now second nature for the workforce.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 10 Feb 2021
New WHS guidance material on preventing workplace sexual harassment and workplace violence and aggression released
In response to recommendation 35 of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report 2020 and the #metoo movement, Safe Work Australia has released in-depth work health and safety (WHS) guidance to help persons undertaking a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to manage the risks of sexual harassment and violence and aggression occurring in the workplace.
Corporate & 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 & Workplace Relations| 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.