Employers planning to introduce new safety or health-monitoring procedures are required to consult with health and safety representatives and workers on the issue of gendered violence, and must not wait for formal reports of gendered violence incidents before addressing the matter, new guidelines warn.
The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $300,000 for breaching its WHS duties to provide a safe system of work and proper supervision to children involved in a cadet exercise. Meanwhile, a Victorian "social experiment" has found most young workers are willing to accept unsafe conditions or bullying to secure employment, highlighting the vulnerability of those under 25.
The national inquiry into workplace s-xual harassment has recommended the model WHS laws be amended to control psychosocial risks, in line with the Boland review, and that a WHS Code of Practice on s-xual harassment be developed.
The adjustments an employer made for a worker recently diagnosed with diabetes have helped defeat his claim that he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against because his performance suffered from the health condition.
With anti-discrimination laws failing to curb the harm caused by workplace s-xual harassment, Australian labour law experts have called for safety regulators, under WHS legislation, to tackle the behaviour by monitoring, investigating and penalising it as with other types of safety breaches.
A union and its OHS advisor, who abused a safety inspector attempting to discharge his duties at a worksite, engaged in conduct in the "worst category of cases" of hindering or obstructing a person, a court has found.