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 [...]

How to be perfectly prepared for Mediation

By | May 24th, 2017|Family Law, Guest Post, News|

We are delighted to share with you a podcast with Lucy Good from Beanstalk Mums and our family law specialist Vanessa Hernandez talking all things mediation and how to be prepared.... I am always being asked about mediation. From what exactly is it, how can it help, what does it cost … and even what [...]

Eyes Wide Shut: Employer’s liability and management of employee fatigue

By | May 9th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By Carlen Lowe and Clint Kanther You’ve got an employee who’s just finished working four straight days of 12-hour shifts. He lives five hours away. At the end of his last shift, he elects to drive home. Three hours into his journey he falls asleep at the wheel and has a single vehicle accident. As [...]

5 great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day as a single Mum

By | May 2nd, 2017|Family Law, Guest Post, News, Single Parents|

Guest post by Lucy Good from Beanstalk Single Mums Mother’s Day: Typically a time for mums to relax, put their feet up and bask in the glow of being a wonderful mother. Well, that’s the plan anyway. The reality for single mums can be a little different. Although we celebrate motherhood, without a partner to [...]

Insights from Medilaw’s Black Lung Disease Seminar

By | April 26th, 2017|Black Lung and Dust Diseases, News|

This morning, some of the BTLawyers team and our clients attended Medilaw’s seminar on the re-emergence of Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (CWP) presented by Dr Peter Trembath.  Dr Trembath provided a detailed overview of recent Queensland developments in this area and potential reasons for the re-emergence of this troublesome disease in Australia. He was also able to [...]

We’re seeking a Brilliant Thinking law student!

By | April 20th, 2017|Join our team, News|

Are you looking for a law firm that's full of Brilliant and Bold Thinkers for your PLT placement? The ideal candidate will undertake a Practical Legal Training placement over a period of approximately 60 days as required by your education provider, 5 days a week (or 4 for the right candidate) commencing in May. You [...]

How to avoid ‘egg-stra’ mess this Easter with your parenting arrangements

By | April 11th, 2017|Family Law, News, Parenting Arrangements|

By Vanessa Hernandez Egg hunts, hot cross buns, and people dressed up as giant bunnies...sounds like Easter must be right around the corner, right? It’s a holiday that you and your kids usually love, and that you look forward to each year, but this year you haven’t yet agreed to a sharing arrangement with your [...]

Drug testing employees? Make sure you’ve got a policy in place.

By | April 10th, 2017|HR/IR, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter This article was first published by SmartCompany on 6 April 2017. You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and an investigation has uncovered that the staff member involved was impaired by alcohol at the [...]

Out Cold: How sporting clubs should manage the health and legal risks of concussions

By | April 10th, 2017|Litigation, News, Staff Policies and Processes|

By George Williams  As the NRL season in Australia kicks off for another year, there is one thing that we can be guaranteed to see on the field several times before the season ends – players experiencing concussion. Due to the nature of contact sports, concussions are inevitable - independent research undertaken by the NRL [...]