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  1. Indemnity for Fines? That is not ‘Fine’: New Victorian Laws Pass Penalties for Unsafe Workplaces Directly to Employers

    11 October 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    Recent amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OH&S Act) immediately void any term of an insurance contract or arrangement which indemnifies a person or entity for a penalty imposed for a breach of the OH&S Act regardless of whether a prosecution is on foot, when the policy...

  2. Job if you do, no job if you don’t

    15 July 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The topic of mandatory vaccination has become prominent in recent times due to COVID-19. As a result, the question of an employer’s ability to require employees to be vaccinated has been asked more frequently than ever before. So, can an employer make an employee get a vaccination?

  3. Mental health and working from home during the pandemic

    30 June 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    As several states and territories enter lock down again, the blurring of the boundaries between work and personal life has become the norm in our current pandemic reality. While WFH arrangements are become increasingly necessary to minimising and responding to the transmission of COVID-19, this can...

  4. Safety Update: NSW Code of Practice on managing psychosocial hazards at work

    7 June 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    SafeWork NSW have recently developed a Code of Practice to provide practical guidance on how to manage psychosocial hazards and risks at work. Mental Health awareness has become more prominent and workplaces need to address the importance of valuing psychological health as much as physical health.

  5. Why are damages sofa apart?

    4 May 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Plaintiff alleged that he injured his back whilst moving a large sofa which subsequently led to him suffering a serious psychiatric illness. Although the parties agreed that the Plaintiff was entitled to damages, their respective assessments differed significantly.

  6. Court awards compensation to employee for work-related stress

    22 April 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Court has determined an employee’s aortic dissection and hypertensions, were a result of ongoing work related stress. As such, the Court awarded compensation to the employee for loss of income weekly benefits and related medical expenses.

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