One of the most crucial factors new businesses must consider when establishing and running their practice is the safety and wellbeing of their employees. Indeed, it is quite an in-depth process to learn what the law dictates to be a healthy and secure working environment. To prepare yourself to protect your employees and business, we have broken down an overview of the precise duties of care you owe your staff below
Businesses are held to certain safety standards by various measures including both legislative and common law. If you as an employer are at fault in the event of one of your employees injuring themselves –you may then be liable to compensate them for breaching duty of care. Most employees will have some basic WorkCover benefits available including weekly payments and medical treatment. Speak to legal professional such as Sinnamon Lawyers if you require more information on compensation claims and how they work.
Depending on your state where your business is located, the definition of an injury may vary but will likely include points such as any diseases contracted during employment (if the work in question represents a major contributing factor) or a worsening of any existing injuries or medical conditions. Psychological grievances caused by any reasonable demotion, performance review, redundancy, dismissal or even disciplinary action cannot be claimed.
As an employer, you must take out a relevant insurance policy that covers liabilities such as worker’s compensation in the event of an office hazard causing an employee injury, for example. The premiums of employers are frequently based simply on their total wage expenditure. Not having insurance in the event of a claim is illegal and can result in criminal charges being brought against you, though a claim can still be made to the relevant state’s WorkCover authority.
You are also required by law to do as much as possible to ensure the safety of every member of your staff. As an employer, you will need to provide your staff with adequate safety information