Christmas: Your Questions Answered

11 December 2017

As silly season rolls around, reasons to go for a post-work drink or two become increasingly apparent.

Work Christmas parties can be great examples of healthy team bonding and a healthy means of giving back to your employees. However, as attempts to maximise the provision of free alcohol can arise and turn dangerous, it is important to ensure correct management procedures are in place.

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An Important Precedent Concerning Dual Liability for Labour Hire

1 December 2017

This 2009 case concerns a labour hire company, host employer, and employee engaged as a labourer. Mr Christopher Papadopoulos (Worker) sustained an injury to his lower back during the course of his employment with labour hire company, MC Labour Hire Service Pty Ltd (Employer). The Worker took time off work for surgery and recovery. His Employer did not follow proper procedures in reporting the injury, however, and chose not to refer his Workcover claim to the Insurer despite requirements to do so, pursuant to the provisions of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic).

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New Zealand Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

8 November 2017

On 1 December 2017 new regulations come into effect throughout New Zealand, which dictate the way businesses must manage hazardous substances. The New Zealand Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 concern the handling, storage and disposal of the substances and include measures designed to protect the safety of those who work with them.

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