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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
21 OCTOBER 2011 Payment facilities are issued by Suncorp-Metway LTD ABN 66 010 831 722. To approved applicants. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply – details are available on request. *Same day settlement where the proceeds of card sales are credited to a Sunco rp Bank business account for transactions processed before 6.30pm, seve n days a week (AEST). SUN1517_ADA Same day settlement gives you access to your cash the next day, 7 days a week*. Free paper rolls, terminal installation and connection. Countertop or mobile terminal options to suit your business. Choice of dial-up, broadband (IP) or mobile (GPRS) terminal connectivity. Reliable, easy-to-use technology backed by great service. Talk to us today about a solution to keep your business rolling along nicely. With Suncorp Bank EFTPOS Solutions, the benefits to your business keep on coming. Call 13 11 75 suncorpbank.com .au Visit your local branch SUN1517_Merchant Press 90x260_ADA_FA.indd 1 2/09/11 12:57 PM PEnALTIES There will be significant increases to the maximum penalties under the new legislation. There will be three categories which include: • Category 1: person is reckless • Category 2: person exposes someone to risk of death or serious injury • Category 3: no aggravating element reflected as in categories 1 or2 Corporation Individual incl. Officer Worker/Other Category 1 A$3 million A$600,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment A$300,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment Category 2 A$1.5 million A$300,000 A$150,000 Category 3 A$500,000 A$100,000 A$50,000 Other significant changes include: • Broader union right of entry: permit holders must be a union official and entry will be on the basis of a suspected contravention; • Greater protection against discrimination and coercion; • Health and safety representative (HSR) appointed to represent a workgroup with a term of appointment of three years. HSR must undergo training and will have the power to issue provisional improvement notices (PINs) and may direct a work stoppage in all jurisdictions, which is currently not available in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia or Tasmania. In order to prepare for the change on 1 January 2012, employers and managers should become familiar with the new OHS obligations and ensure due diligence by providing appropriate safety management systems and ensuring that all staff members are properly informed of the coming changes to OHS by providing training on the legislation. TIPS fOR bUSInESSES • Undertake a legal risk analysis and analyse any gaps; • Develop processes for consultation and representation; • Review and audit policies and procedures; • Review contracts and agreements especially with outside parties in particular contractors; • Develop resolution processes; and • Implement clear procedures for carrying out and documenting risk assessments and complying with risk management obligations. Before acting on any of the information in this article, please contact the friendly team at the ADA HR Advisory Service on: Phone: 1300 ADA INC (1300 232 462) Fax: 02 8448 3299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The ADA HR Advisory Service is available from 8.30 am–5.30 pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. ‘The answer could be just a phone call away’ human resources
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