A company that paid a "contractor" an hourly rate could be held liable for his heart attack death, with a tribunal finding the man's past business patterns and work with other companies are not determinative of whether he was a "worker" when he died.
The Federal Government has, in its 2019-20 budget, committed $36 million over four years to cracking down on sham contracting and establishing a labour-hire registration scheme with WHS-compliance tests.
Labour-hire companies across four industry sectors will be banned from operating in Australia if they commit serious WHS or workers' comp breaches, or if they can't prove compliance with workplace laws after past breaches, under a proposed registration scheme approved by the Federal Government.
An employer has lost its appeal against a $180,000 WHS fine, unsuccessfully arguing the sentencing judge failed to properly take into account the fact that its employees failed to apply its safe systems of work.
Two PCBUs' category 2 WHS fines have been increased to a total of nearly $1 million, in the latest of a series of appeals by the NSW Attorney-General that reflect the community's growing intolerance of serious work safety incidents.
Employers need to put in place far more comprehensive management plans for handling mental health emergencies in FIFO workplaces, according to one of 18 recommendations from a major new study on the mental health of FIFO workers.