Hearing Testing Requirements under WHS Regulations

The model Work Health and Safety Regulations introduced new requirements for audiometric testing which commenced on from 1 January 2024. The relevant provisions are mirrored in all jurisdictions, except for Western Australia and Queensland, which have not adopted the relevant testing requirements as included in the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

Respect@Work – Positive Duty on Employers

The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022(Cth) places a positive duty on employers, including agencies to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate hostile workplace environments, sexual harassment, harassment on the grounds of sex, gender-based discrimination in the workplace and related acts of victimisation. Under the Work Health and Safety …
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What information can you request from your employees in relation to COVID-19?

In a recent case Kieran Knight v One Key Resources (Mining) Pty Ltd T/A One Key Resources [2020] FWC 3324 (29 June 2020) (Knight Case), the Fair Work Commission (Commission) found that it is lawful for an employer to requesting certain information from employees to determine any workplace risk created by COVID-19. This may seem …
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Global pandemic is no excuse, employers obligated to protect health and safety of employees

With an increase in the number of people working from home or working remotely because of COVID-19, it is important for employers to understand that their work health and safety (WHS) obligations have not ceased. Now more than ever, employers should refresh themselves on their responsibilities when it comes to ensuring their staff maintain a …
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