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Taking care of business tragedy at Pike River

On Friday 19 November 2010, a methane explosion caused a tragedy at New Zealand’s Pike River Coal Mine resulting in the deaths of 29 workers. Dr Carlos Sorentino examines what role poor corporate...

fight at mine site

Employees entitlements in wake of bushfires

In the wake of the recent bushfires, employers are often left wondering what they should do in respect of employee entitlements. Here are some key question and answers on managing employee...

An inquest into a Mount Lyell mining accident will begin again after the court ruled against copper mines of tasmania

Inquest into Mount Lyell death to resume

An inquest into the death of a mine worker at the Mount Lyell mine in Tasmania will resume almost six years after the tragic mining accident. 53-year-old Michael Welsh died when his loader was caught...

Workplace surveillance is it lawful

Workplace surveillance evidence and unfair dismissal

Can big brother be (illegally) watching? Nicola Martin from McCabe Curwood recently discussed the impacts of workplace surveillance on workplaces…and whether it is lawful or appropriate to...

new whistleblower protection laws

New whistleblower laws to commence 1 July

New whistleblower laws will commence in Australia on the 1st July 2019 and many mining employers need to ready their businesses for the changes. Neal Napper & Deanna Constable from Landers and...

threatening text messages have seen a workers claim denied by Fair Work Australia

Dismissal upheld over threatening text messages

A recent Fair Work Commission decision to uphold the dismissal of an employee for sending threatening text messages and making statements of a sexually harassing nature has shone a light on issues...

employee reinstated

Former Cummins employee reinstated with $1.1M Backpay

Following a recent Federal Court decision, global engine manufacturer Cummins Group was forced to reinstate a 34-year senior employee who it had sacked three years ago; and pay him A$1.1 million in...

regulatory capture in mining

Managing Regulatory Capture in Mine Safety Inspection

Regulatory capture is real. The Australian Banking Royal Commission has highlighted blatant failure by regulators to prevent illegal activities on behalf of many Government institutions that are...