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WHS rights for COVID vaccine rollout revealed

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk
The vast majority of employers will not have a WHS right or obligation to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while most workers are unlikely to be able to refuse to attend work because a colleague has not been inoculated, the Federal Industrial Relations Minister has announced on the release of new guidance on the issue.

Manslaughter Bill a "strong signal" on WHS expectations

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk
Ahead of introducing a WHS Bill creating the offence of industrial manslaughter, the NSW Opposition has highlighted the deterrent effect of tougher safety laws, and raised concerns about a recent case where a company avoided category-1 charges for a fatality-causing offence "of the utmost objective gravity".




Assault by co-worker was not work-related, but employer exacerbated the trauma

Workers' compensation, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk
An employer's treatment of a worker, when she returned to work after allegedly being assaulted by a colleague at a social event, included transferring her to a perceived "dumping ground" for "staff with issues" and exacerbated her injury from the attack, a commission has found.

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