Department of Labour
NIGEL HAMPTON says his experience prosecuting two forestry companies demonstrates the value of private prosecutions in holding the regulator to account. Background – lessons learned from Pike River First, some background. In a 50-plus year career in the law, until 2010 I had never practised in the field of health and safety, nor had I ...more
As Safeguard magazine editor I struggled to find a lawyer to write my regular Legal Viewpoint column over summer. Funny that. So buoyed by my first year legal studies last year, I attempted to take my own look at the legal implications of health and safety through the ages (with apologies to Aristotle et al). Education helps you ...more
Just when is a contractor really an employee? Let’s say you as an employer hire someone who wishes to be regarded, for tax purposes, as a self-employed contractor who submits regular invoices to you. But in fact, as you both know, to all intents and purposes he behaves as an employee. He turns up every day ...more
Evidence presented so far at the commission of enquiry into the Pike River explosion prompted members of the Safeguard forum to discuss the Department of Labour’s performance in monitoring the mine and in regulating the mining sector. In turn, this led to an interesting question: Could the Department of Labour (DoL) prosecute itself under the ...more
Should paracetamol be in first-aid kits?
The Safeguard discussion forum debates the issues – vigorously!