The first labour hire licensing regime has come into effect in Queensland just this week on the back of regulations published earlier in the year accompanying the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld).
8.3 million workers covered by modern awards and by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) will be able to access 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave annually.
A worker employed by Queensland Rail Ltd has been awarded over $150,000 in damages after Queensland District Court Judge David Reid ruled that it would have been abundantly clear that he was unsuitable for his role if his employer had conducted psychological profiling.
A recent spate of incidents prompted the Turnbull Government to order the inquiry, which will assess whether the increased use of temporary workers and disparity between Work Health and Safety laws is hindering the prevention of workplace deaths.
A labour-hire company and a host employer have been ordered to pay nearly $1 million in damages after a migrant worker was injured whilst engaged in employment on a production line.
In what will be an important case to note for employers, the Fair Work Commission has given a casual worker clearance to claim unfair dismissal against the recruitment company that hired her.
In a key 2016 case, Jarvis v The Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Court of Appeal set out the requirements for self-insurers where determining the eligibility of workers to weekly payments of compensation, where termination has occurred due to misconduct. This case marked a key point of elucidation for workers and insurers where such matters are concerned.
In a vital decision under the ambit of workers compensation, a worker who was injured at home and suffered hearing loss has been awarded permanent impairment compensation.
Although for some employers, the complete eradication of workplace injury may be an unattainable goal, the best approach to reducing the cost of workers compensation is to value safety and risk management as an absolute priority. This article will examine the best ways to mitigate risk and reduce the likelihood of mass compensation claims being successful against your company.