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Injury sustained during work hours was NOT work-related rules AAT

Workers' Compensation

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has rejected an appeal of a Comcare decision where a worker was denied compensation for an injury she sustained while on a coffee break. The information manager at ACT Health had left her workplace to […]

By Portner Press on June 6th, 2019

Worker loses compensation claim for ‘unfair’ deadline

Workers' Compensation

A carefully planned and implemented performance management process will support a defence of reasonable management action should your worker claim compensation for a work-related psychological injury. This has been demonstrated in Adam and Comcare (Compensation) (2017), when a Commonwealth Government […]

By Portner Press on June 4th, 2019

Foolhardy worker not entitled to PTSD damages

Workers' Compensation

A security guard who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after he confronted an armed intruder has lost his claim for damages against three companies. The man was working after hours in a CCTV control room at a shopping centre when […]

By Portner Press on May 23rd, 2019

Your questions answered: What is a lost time injury and how long does it last?

Workers' Compensation

Q: What is a lost time injury and how long does it last?

By Portner Press on April 9th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do workers’ compensation records have to be kept separate from our workers’ personnel files?

Workers' Compensation

Q: Are we required to keep any workers’ compensation records separate from the worker’s personnel files?

By Portner Press on March 15th, 2019

Your questions answered: Does our policy cover gym injuries?

Workers' Compensation

Q: Does our Workers’ Compensation policy cover any injuries or fatalities that occur due to accidents in the gym?

By Portner Press on March 12th, 2019

Worker’s compensation payout for wet floor slip upheld

Workers' Compensation

In RSL Care Limited v Wallace (2019), an employer lost an appeal against a previous decision in 2017 where it was ordered to pay its worker $480,784 in damages.

By Portner Press on March 8th, 2019

Teacher who slips on grape sues school for breaching duty of care

Workers' Compensation

The Queensland District Court rejected a teacher’s claim that her employer breached its duty of care after slipping on a grape at work.

By Portner Press on March 5th, 2019

Worker wins compensation for joke made at his expense

Workers' Compensation

A worker who was left humiliated after a practical joke was played on him was awarded workers’ compensation when an employment tribunal found that he was “seriously injured” by the prank.

By Portner Press on March 1st, 2019

Unusual office injury results in $1.1 million payout for worker

Workers' Compensation

It is your legal duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace. If you cannot show that you have taken every step necessary to do this, you could face a similar claim.

By Portner Press on February 7th, 2019