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United States-based investment bank Goldman Sachs is implementing recommendations made by an internal taskforce in relation to junior bankers, including a recommendation to discourage them from working weekends.

The Seoul Administrative Court in the Republic of Korea has handed down its Decision (18 October 2013 - Korean language version available only) (further information - Korean language version available only) in proceedings brought by the family of Samsung Electronics Co (Samsung) worker Kim Kyung-mi, who died of leukaemia in 2009.

International development agency Oxfam Australia has called for socially responsible action from retailers sourcing their products from the Aswad Composite Mills factory in Bangladesh that was the site of a fatal conflagration in October 2013. According to Oxfam Australia, the factory produced fabric for Target Australia and possibly Woolworths also.

Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Han Jeoung-ae has made available figures obtained from the statutory body Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled (KEAD) showing the largest 100 sums paid by ROK-based businesses in 2012 as penalties for not meeting legislated quotas for employing persons with disabilities.

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has urged the mining industry to "step up its compliance with safety and health regulations" following three underground mine fatalities in as many days in early October 2013.

Aswad Composite Mills garment factory in Bangladesh at which a recent fire has resulted in injuries to more than 50 people and seven deaths to date was a supplier of fabric sourced by a number of firms party to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (13 May 2013) (the Accord).

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has said that the recent introduction under the Magistrates Court (Work Health and Safety Infringement Notices) Amendment Regulation 2013 No. 12 (ACT) of on-the-spot fines of up to A$720 and A$3,600 for work health and safety breaches by individuals and companies respectively has had the biggest impact on curbing unsafe work practices within the territorial jurisdiction.

Over 60 Cootes Transport (Cootes) trucks were suspended from service on 7 October 2013, following an incident on 1 October 2013 in which a Cootes fuel tanker exploded while travelling on a road in Sydney, Australia. Reportedly, the incident prompted a review of the Cootes truck fleet, with officers based in the state of Victoria checking 170 trucks and issuing 158 defect notices for safety issues including "brake failures, steering problems and broken engine mounts".

A survey of 180 female doctors across Australia has found that over half of the respondents had been sexually harassed by a patient, and 30% of respondents had been subjected to inappropriate touching during consultations.

Reforms to UK Health and Safety Laws Take Effect

09 Oct 2013
Written by World Watch

The United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that the following changes to health and safety laws took effect on 1 October 2013:

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