- Mental health: A new frontier in employee safety
If an employee works his or herself into a state of depression and anxiety, because they are dedicated and enthusiastic, or because of time pressures and workload, there may be no defence for an employer facing legal action. Robin Young outlines the duty of care for employers.
- WHS checklist: Make sure you are complying with the new codes of practice
Even though businesses and individuals who do not comply with the 1 Jan 2012 harmonisations of the new WHS laws face harsh penalties, many businesses are ill-prepared and have not properly addressed the legislative changes.
- Serve alcohol responsibly or risk liability
Mixing alcohol and employees often results in a headache for HR and employers – serving alcohol at work functions can be akin to running a gauntlet because irresponsible service of alcohol can result in a minefield of potential litigation.
- Flexibility opens up untapped talent pool
What can HR do when the calibre of talent walking through the door continues to rate below par? Think laterally – don’t get them to walk through the door at all.
- HR is ready for new WHS laws
Australian organisations are ready to implement the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation from 1 January 2012, and believe the new laws will impact positively on operational sustainability in 2012.