It Is a Cultural Thing – Can Employers Be Held Liable for a Poor Workplace Culture?

November 2023
Region: Asia Pacific

Most Australian businesses would claim to have a positive workplace culture (or be aspiring to have one), although this may not be borne out in reality. If a poor workplace culture exists, is this solely the employer’s responsibility? More to the point, can an employer or Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) in a work health and safety context be held liable if a poor workplace culture impacts on workers’ health? Based on recent action taken by safety regulators, the answer is yes.

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