Safety Update

We find ourselves in the yoyo of “snap” and extended lockdowns across the county, and managing the risks to worker mental health in both an employment and OHS laws context is real and prevalent for businesses during this pandemic. Recent announcements from safety regulators make it clear that we can expect to see focused inquiry … Read more

The COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Can you mandate the COVID-19 vaccine at your workplace?

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia gains momentum, with more than 30% of people over the age of 16 fully vaccinated,[1] businesses are asking whether it’s possible to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace. In jurisdictions where workplace manslaughter offences operate, there are issues to consider in respect of both mandating the vaccine … Read more

De novo appeals against sentence to be removed

Having acted for corporate accused who have been exposed to the inefficiency and costs of running a plea twice (in the summary and then appellate jurisdiction) on the same evidence, material and submissions, the amendments proposed by the Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 are welcome. Current position An appeal by … Read more