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Australia’s first Building Code sanctions imposed for WHS contravention –despite no injuries

Australia’s first Building Code sanctions imposed for WHS contravention –despite no injuries

8 June 2021

The decision has significant implications for employers in the construction industry covered by the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Cth) and indicates a greater likelihood of sanctions being applied to employers who fail to comply with their work health and safety obligations.

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It Depends - Have I 'retired' and can I access my super?

It Depends – Have I ‘retired’ and can I access my super?

7 June 2021

In this week’s edition of ‘It depends’, partner Scott Hay-Bartlem answers the question 'Have I "retired" and can I access my super?'

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Timeliness in obtaining expert reports – delay IMEs at your peril

Timeliness in obtaining expert reports – delay IMEs at your peril

4 June 2021

In Bona v Jeffries & Allianz Australia Insurance Limited [2021] QSC 84, the defendant insurer failed, on the basis of unreasonable delay, in its application to the Brisbane Supreme Court for an order that the plaintiff submit to an assessment by an occupational therapist over 12 months after the holding of the compulsory conference.

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No damages for highly unusual work event

No damages for highly unusual work event

1 June 2021

The findings of the Court in this highly unusual compensation claim should provide some comfort to employers but is a reminder to remain focused on practical measures to minimise foreseeable risks of injury to employees.

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