In August 2015 the NSW Court of Appeal decided that NSW injured workers could not make more than one lump-sum insurance claim. In other words that injured workers could not top up their lump-sum compensation payment if their condition deteriorated. However, yesterday (Monday 26 Oct 15), the state government will make a new regulation to override that court decision in that case, known as Cram Fluid Power v Green.
The state government has announced that several workcover NSW law reforms will start next Friday, on 16 October.
Thousands of New South Wales workers could be stopped from accessing lump sum workers compensation payments they need for financial stability. A recent decision in the NSW Court of Appeal, in Cram Fluid Power V Green, means seriously injured workers can no longer top up their initial lump sum payments if their condition deteriorates.
Thousands of injured workers will benefit, but thousands more will miss out, from a modest workcover NSW reform package announced by the NSW government on August 4.
A billion-dollar workers compensation package has been announced in a winding back of some of the measures that stripped New South Wales’ workers of entitlements. Is this true or are we dreaming? Perhaps let’s wait for the fine print!
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announced on 17 July the preliminary results of a “comprehensive” survey of injured workers focusing on their experiences with the NSW workers compensation system.
The NSW government has failed to act on an independent report raising serious concerns about the plight of injured workers following its controversial changes to WorkCover NSW laws for almost 18 months.
The Daily Telegraph has uncovered that the appointment of Paul John Gregory, a lawyer who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for tax fraud in 2010, as WIRO’s Implementation Director is part of a string of apparent “jobs for the boys” appointments involving Mr Garling.
For three years, workers and their unions have placed pressure on the NSW Liberal Government to reverse the cruel cuts they made to the workcover NSW legislation in 2012. Now, more than ever, we need to know how the workers compensation changes are impacting on the lives of injured workers. If you have ever received workers compensation please complete this Unions NSW survey!
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”.