Pre-employment Medicals

By | February 6th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe Employers owe a high duty of care to its employees and a pre-employment medical examination may go towards fulfilling those obligations.  Such assessments can: Confirm an applicant is able to perform the inherent requirements of the role; Allow an employer to account for any disabilities, impairments, and pre-existing medical conditions an applicant [...]

Back to work and the year ahead

By | January 29th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Samantha Abbott With a new work year ahead and potentially new workers on board, it is a prudent time for businesses to review their workplace health and safety systems and ensure workers are properly inducted, trained and supervised in their role. Equally it is important to review plant and equipment to ensure it is [...]

Does your business provide labour hire or use labour hire?

By | January 24th, 2018|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Samantha Abbott The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (“the Act”) commences on 16 April 2018. The Act responds to the Report of the Queensland Finance and Administration Parliamentary Committee Inquiry, released on 30 June 2016, which contained evidence of exploitation of labour hire workers including mistreatment of workers, not providing appropriate safety and training, avoiding responsibilities [...]

Top 5 Tips for Managing a Litigant Employee

By | January 23rd, 2018|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Uncategorized, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Brooke Wilton It can be satisfying to know that you have helped an injured worker through their rehabilitation and assisted them to return to work within your business; but navigating the ongoing employer/employee relationship can become more difficult when an employee decides to bring a common law claim. Here are out top 5 tips [...]

Managing Risk: The 3 Key Benefits of Site Visits

By | January 18th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong Did you know that the police forensic investigation team often visit wrecking yards to conduct tests to determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident?  This is something I learned when I recently conducted a site visit to investigate a personal injury claim. Many people believe that being a lawyer is all [...]

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 [...]