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 [...]

Preparing for Christmas as a co-parent

By | November 22nd, 2017|Family Law, News|

We are delighted to share with you a podcast with Lucy Good from Beanstalk Mums and our family law specialist Vanessa Hernandez talking co-parenting at Christmas and how to be prepared…. This is one for the co-parents amongst us. It’s all about that happy, merry, family time we call Christmas. Yes, what was once a [...]

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 [...]

Do I really need a Solicitor for a conveyance?

By | October 19th, 2017|Conveyancing, News|

By Lacey Payne When purchasing or buying a property it is important to take appropriate steps in collating your documentation and affairs to ensure a smooth end to end process.  Engaging a professional to take care of your conveyance will be beneficial to your legal transaction ensuring any issues are resolved quickly and thoroughly. Although [...]

Is just about anything a Will these days?

By | October 18th, 2017|News, Wills and Estates|

By Dani Jones The recent decision of Re Nichol; Nichol v Nichol and Anor [2017] QSC 220 has received a significant amount of media attention over the past few weeks. The recent Supreme Court decision resulted in an unsent text message being classified as a Will and admitted for probate. A brief overview of the [...]