Robinson v Lorna Jane Pty Ltd [2017] QDC 266

By | November 8th, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Kerrie Jackson This bullying and harassment case was heard before Judge Koppenol over 12 days between February and June 2017.  The much anticipated judgment was handed down on 3 November 2017.  The Plaintiff was a store manager at a Lorna Jane store.  She claimed she was bullied and harassed by an area manager which [...]

Airtasker – Did you think of insurance and injury liability?

By | November 7th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Samantha Abbott Airtasker is an online service through which people can buy and sell services.  It operates on a similar business model to Uber and Airbnb, collecting commissions from workers using the site. From carpet cleaning, to furniture removal, to installing a pirate ship cubby house in the backyard, you can find someone on [...]

‘Tis the season for employers to be aware of their obligations.

By | November 7th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe Christmas and end of year celebrations and are upon us again and in addition to organising a memorable party, employers should be aware of their continuing obligations to their workers. The High Court case of Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41 reinforced an employer’s liability for injuries in such situations where an [...]

Could a food allergy be fatal to your customers and business?

By | October 19th, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, News|

By Carlen Lowe One in 20 children and about 2 in 100 adults suffer from food allergies.  Most allergies are not severe and many cease to be an issue with age.  Allergies to peanut, tree nut, seed and seafood however can cause a severe life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Your business may become liable for [...]

National Safe Work Month

By | October 5th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

October is National Safe Work Month. Safe Work Australia has released the Key Work Health and Safety statistics for 2017 which provides data on work-related injury fatalities and work-related injury and disease. The statistics are a harsh reminder for businesses to be vigilant in implementing and promoting better safety outcomes. Did you know: * The [...]

Turnbull Government raises the bar for employment records.

By | September 6th, 2017|HR/IR, News|

By John Salter The Federal Government has passed new legislation which will make the completion and retention of accurate records by Employers of all matters associated with employment more important than it has ever been. It has also extended the obligations of franchisors to ensure their franchisees are properly paying employees and keeping up to [...]

Queensland seeks to tighten its workplace health and safety framework following tragedies.

By | August 23rd, 2017|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe. Following the workplace tragedy at Eagle Farm Racecourse and the heartbreaking incident at Dreamworld last year, the Palaszczuk Government conducted a review into the current Work Health and Safety (WHS) framework. Under the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, the government has proposed legislative changes to create a [...]

Fair Work Commission lifts minimum wage rates by $22 per week- a surprising 3.3% increase

By | June 6th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter The Fair Work Commission President Justice Iain Ross handed down the commission’s annual judgement today on what will be minimum pay rates in Australia for the financial year  commencing 1 July 2017- and it seems no one is happy with the result.  The Commission is required to conduct the annual review and [...]

Five things employers should do following a workplace accident

By | June 1st, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe  “Every action in the present prepare us for the future.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita It is something every employer dreads; a workplace accident which causes injury to one of their employees.  Knowledge and preparedness however will ensure a prompt, appropriate response to these undesirable events. Each incident will be different and an employer’s [...]

5 ways your safety culture could impact the outcome of a common law claim

By | May 31st, 2017|HR/IR, News, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes|

by George Williams Long gone are the days when workers wore sneakers and singlets to work sites, hard hats were optional, and workers could be left in charge of machinery without thorough safety training. Instead you’ll now be hard pressed to find a business or employer that doesn’t have a ‘zero harm’ style safety program [...]