Recently, the Fair Work Commission dismissed an Unfair Dismissal application (see McKean v Red Energy Pty Ltd  FWC 5688) lodged on the basis an employee was ‘forced’ to resign his employment because his Employer would not provide him [...]
The District Court of Queensland recently handed down a conviction for industrial manslaughter. The resounding decision is the first conviction for industrial manslaughter in Queensland’s history, and is a stark reminder of the very serious nature of the duty of care owed by employers to their employees.
The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 22 October, 2019.
By BTLawyers 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 [...]
A new chapter in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act
Much has been lauded about the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act 2016 (“the Amendment Act”) and in particular the insertion of section 236B, which in short summary was inserted to reverse the effects of the [...]
By BTLawyers 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 [...]
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 [...]
Insights into Better Thinking: An interview with Peter Addison about Bunnings National Safety Strategy
By BTLawyers 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 [...]
What Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC tells employers about vicarious liability. The High Court's recent view on the vicarious liability of employers for the criminal conduct of employees will be of interest to employers in the education sector, boarding [...]