The festive season is notorious for weight gain. The typical Australian Christmas is often centred around family, friends, eating & drinking. For many of us overindulging goes mostly unnoticed as we are busy socialising with family & friends.
As the end of the year draws closer businesses often have workplace celebrations or parties. Christmas parties, or any business social functions for that matter, can quickly turn from celebration to litigation if not managed carefully.
It isn’t surprising Australians call the December to January period the silly season. It is one of the busiest times of the year. It is also one of the most dangerous periods for workers. It is important to be aware of physical injuries as well as mental health mental health in the workplace. (more…)
Since the transition to icare, as the nominal insurer, a lot has changed in the way workers compensation operates in NSW. One of the major changes will take effect from 1 January 2018 with EML acting as the sole appointed claims service provider.
Achieving an early recovery for an injured worker may not always be possible or simple. Having a worker back in the workplace, even on modified duties or reduced hours, is not only good for the business but also for the worker.
There are a number of issues employers should consider before introducing drug & alcohol testing into their workplace. First & foremost, an employer must consider if they have a right to drug & alcohol test their workers? HR professionals support businesses.
SafeWork Australia has released 2015/16 workers compensation data that shows serious claim costs increased by 30%. It is important for employers to provide a safe workplace & training to help prevent injuries. Data indicated certain age groups & industries are at risk.
It is essential to be aware of safety, hazards & risks in your workplace & more so for those in the construction industry. Working at heights & near utilities are high risk activities & currently a focus for SafeWork NSW (refer our article Safety Regulators Crackdown).
On-site physio is designed to treat workplace injuries at the source & is an affordable injury prevention strategy businesses can engage to minimise costs. Assessing contributing work practices, a physio can treat symptoms or injuries & help prevent further issues.
Recent research found employers are failing to acknowledge & address the mental health of their staff. As part of a SafeWork strategy, a group of experts identify construction & scientific industries as the worst offenders.