Important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commenced on the 12 March 2014 and include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) designed to regulate the handling of personal information by Government agencies and some businesses. Want to find out how this might affect your business?
For a while now there has been a raging debate of the benefits of public versus privatisation of NSW Workers Compensation. NSW Premier, Mr Barry O’Farrell, has driven dramatic changes to NSW workers compensation over the last 18 months with businesses being the main beneficiaries. More recently, Prime Minster Tony Abbott, announced repeals allowing national businesses to self-insure via Comcare and consequently there is a renewed push for the privatisation of NSW Workers Compensation.
Insurers, insurance brokers and businesses alike could benefit from a push to privatise NSW workers compensation. But who would benefit most?
For businesses that operate across states, Tony Abbott today has announced red tape repeals that will encourage these businesses to enter the Comcare self-insurance workers compensation scheme. At the same time, the national workers compensation Comcare scheme will be tightened to prevent reckless workers claiming for injuries caused by their own misconduct. These are dramatic changes that will be hotly debated.
Work safety around all types of vehicles is always important as accidents occur and the consequences can be tragic. Despite the obvious traumatic consequences of serious or fatal accidents, business owners can face severe fines and it is important business owners take steps protect the safety of their workers.
Regrettably a recent accident on Wolli Creek Marsh Street site resulted in the a 30-year-old Sydney man losing his leg after attempting to move tyres under an excavator to avoid it damaging to the road. NSW WorkCover investigation is underway.
It doesn’t matter if your business is small, medium or large, managing ill or injured workers can be a challenging. Our research recently found this article that outlines a “Best Practice Guide” that contains some great information to assist managers or supervisors in establishing an effective way to manage these situations.
Often the time you spend can be significant and distracts you from your core business functions. Contact us to understand how our specialist Claims/Injury Management services could assist.