The new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and regulations came into effect in Western Australia on March 31, 2022, increasing protections for all workers in the state.
Many companies require their employees to drive to and from different locations for work purposes, and they may decide that a company car is an efficient solution to facilitate this, but what happens if an employee is involved in an accident while driving or a passenger in the company car?
As of writing this blog, there are currently 40,169 active cases of COVID-19 in Western Australia (active COVID-19 cases are defined as people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days). Symptoms from COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, and some people recover within a few weeks whilst others can take much longer. Some common symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, nausea and headaches.
You may be wondering whether or not a person could submit a workers’ compensation claim if they have tested positive for COVID-19? Below is some information that you may find helpful:
The Australian Human Rights Organisation defines workplace bullying as ‘verbal, physical social or psychological abuse by your employer (or manager), another person or group of people at work’ .
Workplace bullying is a serious issue and one that can occur at workplaces of all kinds in Australia. In 2019 research revealed that, compared with 31 European countries, Australia ranked sixth highest for workplace bullying. The research further found that 10 per cent of Australian workers admitted to being bullied at work, with much more anti-social workplace behaviour going unreported .
Workplace bullying can have significant impacts on a person and can cause stress, anxiety, panic attacks, physical impacts (such as headaches, loss of appetite and loss of sleep) as well as impact their work performance, self-esteem and relationships with other colleagues, family and friends.
Bullying may also be discrimination if it is occurring because of your age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, relationship status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
If you have been wounded or have suffered financial loss as a result of a crime in Western Australia you may be eligible for compensation. Such crimes include robberies, assaults, domestic violence, or sexual offences. Compensation can be claimed by filing a common law claim against the offender, the court can also be petitioned to sentence an offender to make an order for compensation or restitution, however, the most utilised avenue is to make a compensation claim under The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 2003 WA. Continue reading “Claiming Compensation in WA as the Victim of An Offence”
Workplaces can be filled with a number of hazards (from safety hazards to physical, chemical and biological hazards) that can result in an unexpected and, sometimes, serious injury. Unfortunately each year many people end up making simple and easy to avoid mistakes that can have a significant impact on their ability to gain compensation after a workplace accident. Five typical mistakes people make after getting injured at work are: Continue reading “Typical Mistakes People Make After Getting Injured at Work”
Each year, unfortunately, there are many Australians who have been injured at work or have become sick due to their work. Many of these people may not fully understand what workers’ compensation is, if they are eligible, how they can make a claim and/or what their return to work obligations are, but don’t worry, the team at Anvil Legal are here to help!
The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) (Act) covers the rights and obligations of the employer, injured worker and the worker’s compensation insurer. If you’ve sustained an injury at work, you may not be aware of all entitlements your claim provides, which may be costly and detrimental to your health. Continue reading “Making A Workers’ Compensation Claim: Essentials & Entitlements”
Previously we discussed entitlements and obligations under the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, this month we are going to have a brief look at injury ‘at work’ purely because of the very recent High Court Decision COMCARE v PVYW  HCA 41 (a summary can be found HERE) which involved an employee having sex in a motel room whilst on a work trip and a light fitting that was, importantly I think, pulled from the wall during the act. Continue reading “Injury at Work? – Comcare v PVYW”
We recently discussed how to make a claim for compensation following an injury at work, however, what most injured workers really want to know is what are their entitlements and obligations under the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.
In a nutshell, you are entitled to weekly payments of compensation for all periods you are unable to work your full pre-injury duties due to your work injury and medical expenses including travel and on specific circumstances meals and accommodation. Continue reading “Workers Compensation & Injury Management Act 1981”