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In line with the amendments due to commence on 12 March 2014 to privacy laws as detailed in the February 2014 Adviser, the Australian Privacy Principle Guidelines have been issued by the information commissioner. These apply to all organisations covered by the legislation. These guidelines provide information on the mandatory requirements for each of the principles as well as how the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will deal with issues arising under the amendments.
The Queensland Government has conducted a review of the current work health and safety legislation, which is based on the model Act. It was found that stakeholders held serious concerns about their ability to implement some sections of the legislation due to the significant burden it would place on businesses. The main provisions which stakeholders were concerned about were the audiometric testing obligations and the asbestos provisions. Any changes to these provisions will constitute a major change and first need to be considered by the Select Council for Workplace Relations.
Employers are reminded that from 1 January 2014 the new bullying provisions in the Fair Work Act come into effect. From that date employees who consider they are being bullied at work will be able to apply for a stop bullying order with the Fair Work Commission.
The Fair Work Commission has released details about the procedures it will follow to process these applications, from initial acceptance of the application through to conciliation and mediation and making an order.
Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz is seeking views on the creation of an appeal jurisdiction for the Fair Work Commission.
The Minister will be recieving submissions until late December 2013. AFEI will be making a submission on behalf of our members which will be available on this website.
The NSW Premier announced on 30 October 2013 that workers compensation premiums in NSW would be reduced. The reduction will be applied to industry classification rates (WIC rates) in 376 industries in NSW.
The reduction of 5% to these 376 industries will come into effect from 31 December 2013. This is in addition to a 7.5% decrease in WIC rates provided to 346 industries in June 2013.