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legal privilege may affect safety information sharing

Legal privilege & safety

Dr Ray Parkin OAM shares his thoughts on the impacts of Legal Privilege on mine safety practice and the potential legal privilege implications as industrial manslaughter laws are introduced by the...

A BHP work Christmas party had disastrous outcomes for employees after one punched a supervisor

BHP work Christmas party that went horribly wrong

A recent case of the Fair Work Commission involving two BHP workers reportedly punching a ‘noticeably drunk’ supervisor in the face at the Moranbah Bowls Club has highlighted the...

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...

Qld Workers’ Compensation changes are ahead

Qld Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation amendments

The Queensland Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) is currently in the public consultation phase. The amendments proposed by the Bill will have a...

The NT Government has moved to introduce industrial manslaughter laws

NT Government supports new Industrial Manslaughter laws

Belinda Winter from Cooper Grace Ward shares her thoughts on the NT Government’s proposed industrial manslaughter provisions. The Northern Territory Government has supported the introduction of...

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...

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