Commonwealth employees regain recess compensation; Comcare accepts TPI undertaking after three injuries; Queensland's harmonised Regulations approved; and Fatalities increase as regulator investigates Western Australian bobcat death.
Employers have been reminded that they are obligated under health and safety laws to protect employees from asbestos-containing materials, which are still prevalent in thousands of workplace products. Also in this article, OHS Alert outlines the types of cancers covered by the new firefighter compensation laws.
The ACTU has welcomed the Federal Government's commitment to act on issues raised in the Productivity Commission's report on disability care, which calls for greater workplace flexibility, and sends a reminder to employers that many catastrophic injuries are caused by work.
Employers have been urged to discriminate in favour of jobseekers with disabilities, and to give every applicant with disability the chance to prove they can perform the inherent requirements of the job.
New discrimination laws have broadened the definition of s-xual harassment and could expose unwary employers to claims of harassment, breach of contract and misleading or deceptive conduct, a lawyer has warned.
Employers warned of height and storage dangers after deaths; Greens to push for automatic cancer compensation for firefighters; Western Australian employers fined for scaffold and guarding failures; and Essential safety news from around Australia.