Being Successful at Trial Part 1: Analysing the Evidence

By | March 23rd, 2017|Litigation, News|

By Kerrie Jackson Defendants in workers compensation claims in Queensland may well feel encouraged by a number of favourable decisions in recent years.  Irrespective of whether the pendulum has begun to swing, success at trial will ultimately come down to two key elements – case selection and case preparation. This article considers one of the [...]

8 Ways Facebook Posts can Help or Hinder Your Divorce

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

by Vanessa Hernandez “She/he is purposely withholding the child. She/he constantly says he is unwell and can’t see me but I know that’s not true.” As a family lawyer, I hear statements like this from clients all the time. While in years gone by we would probably hire a private investigator to try and prove or [...]

How FIT is your OHS System?

By | February 22nd, 2017|News, Safety|

By Georgina Wong I frequently encounter businesses that are overwhelmed by never-ending obligations to comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements in the workplace.  Whether it be statutory obligations or contractual conditions imposed by business partners, the task of ensuring the OHS system meets these expectations is an ongoing challenge for employers. Unfortunately there [...]

What should employers do about EBA’s in the absence of Australian Industrial Relations reform?

By | February 16th, 2017|HR/IR, Industrial Relations|

By John Salter, BTS Accord. “We would have liked to have seen a more ambitious agenda by the government over the last three years on industrial relations, there’s no doubt about that.” This is a quote from Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia (BCA), to Australian Agenda in June 2016. Her [...]

What should you do when an employee goes AWOL? It’s not as straightforward as you might think.

By | February 14th, 2017|HR/IR, Staff Policies and Processes|

By John Salter, BTSAccord One day Mary doesn’t show up to work. You don’t hear from her to say that she’s sick, has an injury, or giving any explanation for her absence, and it’s out of character for her to not show up. But then she doesn’t show up the next day, or the day [...]

7 tips to surviving your first Valentine’s Day after Separation

By | February 14th, 2017|Family Law|

By Vanessa Hernandez Valentine’ s Day. The day we imagine being swept off our feet by the person we love. A day that’s all about flowers, thoughtful surprises, candlelight and big declarations of love. But if it’s your first Valentine’s Day post separation, you’re likely to be feeling more fed up than loved up. But before you go [...]

My ex and I have a verbal agreement. Do we need it in writing?

By | January 24th, 2017|Family Law, Separation Agreements|

by Vanessa Hernandez You and your former partner have talked and negotiated, and you’ve managed to come to an agreement regarding your parenting and/or property matters.  Things are going well, and you’re feeling thankful that your divorce hasn’t turned out the same way as some of the nasty divorces we all see on TV or [...]

5 ways to save on public liability insurance for contract and labour hire staff

By | January 8th, 2017|News, Public Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

by Ryan Kennedy No one wants to pay more than they have to for insurance. Yet one cost that is on the rise for many businesses is public liability insurance as employers look for more flexibility to manage the peaks and troughs of business. While it may seem easy for employers to engage external contractors and [...]

Case Notes: McGrory v Medina Property Inc Services Pty Limited

By | December 12th, 2016|BTLawyers, Case Studies, News|

By Clint Kanther, Senior Associate McGrory v Medina Property Inc Services involved a hospitality worker lifting an ice bin.  Both liability and quantum were disputed, with the plaintiff seeking damages in excess of $285,000 for injuries that she allegedly sustained to her shoulders. Employer’s responsibility for mitigating risk Despite inconsistencies with the plaintiff's reporting as [...]

Insights into Better Thinking: An interview with Peter Addison about Bunnings National Safety Strategy

By | December 12th, 2016|Interview, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong, Senior Associate Australia’s most popular weekend destination might be best known by the general public as the best place to get a sausage sizzle and where “lowest prices are just the beginning”, but behind the closed roller doors of Bunnings warehouses, it’s their safety strategy that’s truly at the heart of their [...]