Hunters in Southland and the Hunter region have found themselves in hot water with their employers after the Regional Council ruled that their employer must provide health care and training to workers.
The Hunter regional council ruled that Hunter and Riverhead businesses cannot provide healthcare and training as they did not comply with the National Health Service (NHS) Health and Safety Act 1998.
“They can’t be forced to provide health services, they can’t have to make the arrangements,” said Craig McLean, the regional council’s chief executive.
A statement from the council said the Hunter Council and its members are currently reviewing the ruling and will be making a final decision about the proposed changes by the end of this week.
This is not a new position for the council and it’s been in place for a number of years, said Mr McLean.
If they’re not compliant with the legislation, they will be penalised for the breach, which is against the Hunter Regional Council’s code of conduct, he said.
It was only in June that a different local council was found to have been in breach, after it was reported to the Health and Standards Council of New South Wales.
That council is now considering the changes it received.
Hunter council has also been involved in a number legal disputes in recent years, including a $200,000 defamation suit against a business owner who ran an online business selling food and other goods online.
Mr McLean said the council was committed to supporting all Hunter businesses and people.
The council will continue to work with the industry, as well as the wider Hunter community, to ensure all Hunter residents have the opportunity to have the best possible employment, he added.
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