An appeals court has found a woman who separated from her husband before he was killed at work is not covered by a lump sum provision made after the fatality, in an important judgment on injury laws and transitional arrangements.
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Three major employers have been applauded for rolling out defibrillators across their sites, while other workplaces have been urged to "do their bit", on the introduction of a South Australian Bill mandating the installation of the life-saving devices in certain buildings and vehicles.
The South Australian Greens are introducing a WHS Amendment Bill to create the offence of industrial manslaughter with an "emergency" defence, while Federal Labor has hinted at plans to better harmonise WHS laws, in addition to introducing the offence nationally.