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 [...]

Saving the environment one page at a time.

By | July 18th, 2017|News|

Our Brilliant Thinking team at BTLawyers have been working hard on becoming more eco-friendly through the implementation of our Paperless Project. In mid-2016, BTLawyers set a goal to reduce our printing and photocopying - we wondered how this was going to be achieved with the number of briefs and correspondence required in a law firm. [...]

When should I update or review my Will?

By | July 17th, 2017|News, Wills and Estates|

By Dani Jones With personal circumstances forever changing and the majority of us being time poor, for most people it has been quite some time since they last looked at their Will or even thought about it. Quite often I talk to clients who prepared a Will 20 years ago when they were first married [...]

WorkCover agrees that an injury is not work-related but the claimant seeks review to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator – what now?

By | July 11th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Ryan Kennedy Employers often seek our advice about reviews to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator. Often WorkCover will agree with the employer that an injury is not work-related, however the claimant will seek review.  When this happens, the Regulator must decide whether to confirm WorkCover’s decision to reject the claim as being non-work related, or [...]

Why do I need a Will?

By | June 15th, 2017|Family Law, News|

By Dani Jones This is a phrase I too often hear as a solicitor.  Succession planning is not a topic many people like to think about let alone discuss with loved ones or a solicitor.  I find a common trend especially amongst young people is that “I’ll get around to it later” or “everything will [...]

Trial and Error: Preparing your documents for trial

By | June 12th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By George Williams “It is a truism, often used in accident cases, that with every day that passes the memory becomes fainter and the imagination becomes more active. For that reason, a witness, however honest, rarely persuades a Judge that his present recollection is preferable to that which was taken down in writing immediately after [...]

Disentangling Factual Causation in Personal Injury Cases

By | June 8th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong Sections 305D(1)(a) and 305D(2) of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) Recent Case of Psychiatric Injury from Workplace Assault The Court of Appeal recently upheld an appeal lodged by an employer in The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane v Greenway [2017] QCA 103 in relation to [...]

A new chapter in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act

By | June 7th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Tristan Higham Much has been lauded about the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act 2016 (“the Amendment Act”)[1] and in particular the insertion of section 236B, which in short summary was inserted to reverse the effects of the judgement of Byrne v People Resourcing (Qld) Pty Ltd & Anor [2014] [...]

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 [...]