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.
In a move that should influence the workplace management of psychological injuries, a regulator has amended its expectations of insurers to require an empathetic response to psychological injury claims and the identification of any safety risks posed by recovery-at-work arrangements.