Employers will be required to report safety "near misses" and incidents involving infectious diseases to a workplace safety regulator, under new Victorian laws that also increase the benefits available to workers with silicosis and similar conditions.
A Bill that scraps presumptive compensation for workers with COVID-19, and passed the NSW Lower House yesterday, will make it "next to impossible" for coronavirus victims to obtain benefits, the Greens have warned. But industry groups claim there are "multiple tools" to help claimants establish a work-COVID link.
Businesses that breach workplace safety, workers' compensation, employment or environmental laws in any jurisdiction or overseas can now be blocked from supplying goods, services or works to Western Australian agencies, under Australia's "first debarment regime".
In a busy two days in the west, the State Government has mandated COVID-19 vaccines for most workers, extended emergency safety measures for the pandemic, introduced a major IR Bill with protections for bullied and s-xually harassed workers, and established a compensation scheme for medically retired police.
After successfully pushing for presumptive workers' compensation and death benefits for prescribed workers who contract COVID-19, the NSW Greens have announced laws creating a "far superior scheme" than the Federal Government's new no-fault vaccine claims process.
Australia's new no-fault COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme will be applied retrospectively and, according to business groups, better facilitate workplace vaccination programs, reduce business risks and accelerate the reopening of the economy.
Icare NSW has revealed circumstances where workers who suffer adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines could be eligible for workers' compensation, while the State Government has announced legislation to improve the workers' comp system and clarify the powers of its WHS regulator and other bodies.
More than seven years after a major review triggered the drafting process for new workers' comp laws in Western Australia, a Bill has finally been released for comment. It includes new requirements for labour-hire arrangements and pre-employment screening, and extends the step-down period for injured workers' payments.