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The $50,000 difference between a reckless or negligent officer

Workplace health & safety regulations

In a recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision, the issue of what constitutes ‘reckless conduct’, as distinct from mere ‘negligence’, was an important factor in reducing the penalty imposed on a structural engineering company and its sole director.

By Michael Selinger on December 12th, 2018

Victoria to introduce biggest health and safety fine ever

Workplace health & safety regulations

The re-elected Victorian Labor state government promised to increase the maximum work health and safety penalty to up to $16,119,000 for businesses.

By Portner Press on December 11th, 2018

Your questions answered: Can we charge workers for their PPE if they leave the company?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q: If a worker leaves the company within 3 months, can they be back-charged if it’s written into their employment contract that they pay the cost of PPE?

By Portner Press on December 7th, 2018

Your questions answered: Individual workstation lighting

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q: Would you recommend having desk lamps for an individual workstation? ls this allowed? Our business is based in New South Wales.

By Portner Press on December 6th, 2018

Your questions answered: What responsibilities do we have to workers and their families who live on our premises?

Workplace health & safety regulations

  Q We operate a number of remote facilities in Queensland where workers and their families live on our premises. Where does the company’s responsibility begin and end? For example, what happens if children or other visitors on site are involved in an […]

By Portner Press on November 30th, 2018
8 policies and procedures to induct your workers into

SA government departments responsible for tragic worker death

Workplace health & safety regulations

Who polices the police? When it comes to health and safety law, the health and safety regulators do.

By Portner Press on November 27th, 2018

Your questions answered: Can an employee be made redundant while on workers’ compensation?

Workers' Compensation

  Q Is it possible to legally make a worker redundant while they are on workers’ compensation? For example, the worker’s role may be moving from NSW to the ACT, meaning the role in NSW would no longer exist. What are our […]

By Portner Press on November 20th, 2018

When unions make an entrance


Employers must take caution when seeking to block entry to their workplace, because such action could result in substantial civil penalties.

By Michael Selinger on November 16th, 2018

Employers can be responsible for employees of contractors too

Workplace health & safety regulations

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Victoria has the potential for employers in Victoria to face greater penalties for offences involving employees of independent contractors who are exposed to harm.

By Michael Selinger on November 9th, 2018

Startled worker wins $2M injury claim

Workers' Compensation

An office worker who suffered whiplash injuries when he quickly turned after being startled by a gas alarm has won nearly $2 million in damages.

By Portner Press on November 8th, 2018