Work health and safety update — September 2013

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws, as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia.

Safe Work Australia’s draft Code of Practice on Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying (Bullying Code) is a game changer that marks the first meaningful development in work health and safety law for employers in ‘safe’ industries and office workers for many years.

The Bullying Code, once finalised, will set a national benchmark for managing workplace bullying that is likely to have a strong impact on employment law…

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