HR Daily: IR Bill "sets new bar" for industrial manslaughter prosecutions

As the Federal Government’s proposed industrial manslaughter laws are expected to pass, Hicksons Workplace Relations Partner, Warwick Ryan discusses with HR Daily on the tougher penalties businesses and senior officers can face as well as the ways HR/WH&S managers and businesses can prepare.
The new industrial manslaughter offence in the Closing Loopholes Bill, if passed, will be added to the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and will apply to Federal Government departments and certain businesses self-insured under the Comcare scheme.
However, even if the legislation is passed, it probably won't have the intended effect until penalties are handed down.

In the article, Warwick explains how this will affect senior managers, senior officers of businesses, CEOs and the like and suggests ways to prepare.
Warwick commented: “Obviously the import of this legislation is to ensure that it focuses the minds in boardrooms on health and safety.”
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Article authored by HR Daily on 6 October 2023.

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