The new Queensland Government is to wind back “harsh and unfair” changes to WorkCover QLD legislation made under former premier Campbell Newman.
According to the WorkCover Independent Review Office (WIRO), amendments made to WorkCover NSW in 2012 have left the program “overly complex and a source of confusion and frustration for all scheme participants”.
Tony Abbott’s Government planned changes to Comcare, the national workers compensation scheme, simply means that workers of the Commonwealth public agencies will have their current benefits cut back and/or cut off.
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently somewhat clarified what it means for a worker to be “at work” when the bullying conduct occurs.
In most Australian states, firefighters who are diagnosed of suffering with particular types of cancer are automatically “deemed” to have developed the condition by reason of their job. Unfortunately and tragically this legislation is not currently in place in Victoria, even though there is increased community support for such recognition.
Federal anti-bullying legislation has now been in place for almost 8 months. Interestingly, over this period of time, the expected flood of bullying claims anticipated by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has not emerged. The general consensus among lawyers and victims of bullying is that the victim is unable to receive any form of compensation and that this has deterred (many) applications.
The NSW Government has proven that the focus of their Workers Compensation changes was to cut the rights of workers, in favour of a premium saving to businesses.
As we have previously posted, as of 1 July 2014, new WorkCover Victoria legislation (the WIRC Act) will regulate the entitlements of Victorians injured at work to compensation and ‘assistance’.
As per yesterday’s article Workcover NSW reforms & cuts being wound back, promising NSW Finance and Services Minister Dominic Perrottet would announce some restorations of benefit cuts to NSW injured workers, here is Perrottet’s media release, as well as well as one from Peter Primrose, NSW Shadow Minister for Finances & Services.
Some injured workers will have their medical benefits restored as the NSW state government winds back some cuts to its WorkCover NSW scheme!Injured workers will also continue to be eligible for weekly benefits until a disputed work capacity assessment has been resolved, and thresholds will be decreased from 30% WPI to 21% to be eligible for medical benefits.