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 [...]

Trial and Error: Preparing your witness for trial

By | June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By George Williams So now that you’ve considered all the costs and risks and made a decision not to settle but go to trial, how should you prepare your witnesses and documents to give yourself the best chance of winning? General Rules when dealing with witnesses “There are known knowns, things we know we know; [...]

What happens when a Domestic Violence Order is breached?

By | June 2nd, 2017|Domestic Violence, Family Law, News|

By Vanessa Hernandez Domestic Violence Order Domestic Violence Orders (‘DVO’) are court orders designed to prevent future domestic or family violence occurring. The can also commonly be referred to as “Protection Orders” or “Restraining Orders”. A DVO tells the person committing an act of domestic violence (“the respondent”) what not to do in the future [...]

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 [...]