Employers and safety professionals could be on the verge of having cheaper or even free access to Australian Standards incorporated into work health and safety laws and other legislation, with Standards Australia describing a recent judgment as an "exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access" to the documents.
The Fair Work Commission has expressed concern over a supermarket giant's oversight of inappropriate conduct in its stores, in an unfair dismissal case involving a worker who s-xually harassed a number of young co-workers.
A PCBU faces a fatality-related fine of up to $1.5 million, after a High Court majority found that Federal civil aviation laws operate within the framework of WHS legislation and other state, territory and Commonwealth laws.
An award provision capping shift numbers was designed to protect the safety of workers, and prohibits split shifts from being assigned to both full- and part-time employees, the Federal Court has ruled in an ongoing dispute.
A worker with a disability's requested adjustments, like receiving all work directions in writing to avoid miscommunication, were "unjustifiable" and in some cases potentially unsafe, despite being recommended by his GP, a court has found.
A Fair Work Commission full bench has allowed a worker to challenge a significant ruling that his refusal to use a fingerprint scanner, to register his presence at work for safety reasons, was a valid reason for his dismissal.
A worker's frustration over his employer's PPE policy and alleged failure to prioritise safety over cost did not excuse his aggressive and intimidating conduct towards his co-workers, a commission has confirmed.
A union official's high Fair Work fine (and second personal payment order) is more modest than it might have been, with the Federal Court agreeing that at the time of his offences, it was unclear whether he needed a permit to enter a site at the request of a health and safety representative.