We refer to our Legal Question section, where a couple of questions have been posted regarding redemption under the old and new WorkCover (Return to Work) SA legislation. Redemption agreements have positive but also negative consequences and our SA injured workers need to be well-informed before accepting (or rejecting) a redemption.
How will injured workers really be impacted by the new workers compensation laws in South Australia? Listen to the interview with Brad Coates, the CFMEU’S Greater Green Triangle District Secretary to get an idea of how barbaric the Return to Work SA changes are, already resulting in injured workers’ mental breakdowns.
The WorkCover SA scheme which is being rebranded as Return to Work SA, is already showing improvements with fewer injured workers on long(er) term benefits. Mr Rau -Industrial Relations Minister- also said the changes made so far had already reduced the unfunded liability (from 1.4 billion) to about $1 billion. Hard to believe indeed!
The dreaded and harsh legislation to reform the SA workers’ compensation has passed the South Australian Parliament on 30 Oct 2014, and will come into effect in July 2015. Greens MLC Tammy Franks, rightly, condemned the SA workers’ compensation changes as an attack on injured workers and refers to the new ‘Return to Work Bill’ as a ‘Harder to Return to Work’ Bill.
As we posted earlier, the SA Government is planning to overhaul of its “buggered” WorkCover SA scheme, which is set to come into effect from 1 July 2015. Whilst we have not seen the full (and fine) details of the reforms, we know already that just about every SA injured worker will be adversely affected by the changes. Here is an overview of the main proposed changes.
The SA Government has introduced legislation to overhaul its workers’ compensation scheme, stopping payments to moderately (read non-seriously!) injured workers after two years and establishing a tribunal to hear disputes quickly. As posted in an earlier article, The SA WorkCover Corporation will be renamed the Return to Work Corporation, and will serve as regulator and insurer. The scheme could take effect next July 1.
In what is being viewed as the South Australian workers’ compensation scheme’s biggest changes in 25 years, the State Government proposes renaming it Return to Work.(WTF). Proposed WorkCover changes also include scrapping of medical review panels for injured South Australian workers…An interesting time ahead for all concerned indeed!
Flinders University researchers have received a WorkSafe SA grant to study the relationship between prescribed (S)hedule 8 opioids, workplace injury and the ability to return to work after a work-related accident.
The welcomed proposed changes to Workcover SA – in particular the ability for (seriously) injured workers to pursue a common law claim through the courts- were revealed by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Attorney-General John Rau on 24 January…But on condition!
According to Yahoo 7 News, South Australian injured workers will -thankfully- again be able to sue their employers for negligence, …. while those falsely claiming benefits will be targetted, under a long-awaited plan to overhaul WorkCover SA scheme. Again, note the stigmatisation of injured workers as “all fraudsters” and “system-milkers” … indeed the result of countless derogatory comments about them in the media and by politicians.