wh&s laws blog

New workplace health & safety laws: Do you need to make any changes?

NSW has become the latest state to introduce new legislation increasing the consequences for employers who fail to abide by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. This is following the federal Government’s introduction of the ‘Closing Loopholes’ legislation, which had a significant workplace health and safety component that proposed laws such as:

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child employer blog

Child employment laws in Australia

Child employment laws in Australia aim to protect the rights and well-being of young individuals in the workforce. These laws are different for each state and territory and aim to regulate working hours and ensure educational and developmental needs are met.

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Paid parental leave changes

Legislation has been passed to boost Paid Parental Leave (PPL) by an additional 2 weeks. This is the first tranche of changes with further amendments expected to be introduced before July next year.

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Fair Work Act Prohibition on sexual harassment has commenced

When are the changes happening?

The introduced prohibition on sexual harassment from the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 has now come into force. The prohibition applies where the sexual harassment occurred, or is part of a course of conduct that commenced, on or after 6 March 2023.

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Transfer of business: employee entitlements

When an employee has a change in their employing entity, such as when a business is on-sold, it can be difficult to understand what happens to an employee’s existing employment entitlements. This article aims to summarise how these entitlements are treated when a transfer of a business occurs.

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whistleblower policy

What is a whistleblower policy and do I need one?

Whistleblowing has become an important consideration for not only large businesses, but businesses of all sizes. Whistleblower laws were brought in under the Corporations Act 2001­ (and other laws) and created a legal obligation for many larger businesses to have a whistleblower policy. However, the benefits of utilising a whistleblower policy, as a means to receive any concerns or complaints, goes much beyond merely complying with the law.

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