Since the passing of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (“HSWA”), there has been some confusion as to how the court should approach health and safety sentencing. Carl discusses a recent case that clarifies the regime around health and safety fines.
After the Pike River Mine tragedy and the subsequent Independent Taskforce report, the Government embarked on reviewing the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. As a result, the Health and Safety Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament on 10 March 2014 and passed its first reading a few days later. The Bill provides for many changes to the current Act and is intended to come into force from 1 April 2015.
New guidelines on workplace bullying have been released by WorkSafe New Zealand. The guidelines, "Preventing and responding to workplace bullying", issued on 20 February 2014, outline best practice for employers and employees in dealing with workplace bullying. Renika provides a brief update on managing workplace bullying in light of the new guidelines.