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The new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is based on the underlying assumption that those who create or work with occupational risks, or can influence or direct them, are best placed to identify and manage those risks, note Sherridan Cook and Mere King It is intended to change workplace health and safety laws to keep up to date with modern working arrangements, which can contain multiple employers with diverse workforces made up of employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers and others. Continue →
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The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is provoking a range of reactions – from the ridiculous to the sublime, and mostly somewhere in between – Lorraine Hercus and Hamish Kynaston note One example is the approach that some workplaces are taking to after-work drinks, or to the availability of alcohol more generally in the workplace or at work-related events. Continue →
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The legal ruling is a timely reminder of officers’ responsibilities under the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015, warn Buddle Findlay Partner Susan Rowe and Solicitor Philippa Moran The recent Australian case of Brett McKie v Munir Al-Hasani & Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd (In Liq) [2015] ACTIC 1 indicates that a narrow interpretation of “officer” might be taken by the courts in New Zealand. Continue →
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Health and safety risks are just as prevalent in the home as they are in many workplaces – if not more so – according to Buddle Findlay Partner Sherridan Cook and Senior Solicitor Alexandra Wallace   However, it is not until a home becomes a workplace that health and safety obligations arise under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). Continue →
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Russel John Tully’s killing of two Ashburton Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) staff members in September 2014 highlighted the ever-present risk of client-initiated violence, note Buddle Findlay lawyers Sherridan Cooke and Mere King Tully set upon a plan to kill the employees who had dealt with him, after they had declined a number of his requests for assistance. Continue →