Queensland should amend its workers' compensation laws to protect workers engaged by gig-economy companies like Uber and Airtasker, and push for the changes to be adopted nationally, a major review of the State scheme has found.
Work safety and workers' compensation amendments have passed Parliament in Queensland and Tasmania, while a NSW inquiry into the Dust Diseases scheme has made five recommendations amid growing concerns of a silicosis "epidemic".
A Bill allowing workplace dust victims to re-open lump sum compensation claims, cracking down on unsafe electrical work and amending the WHS Act, should be passed by Queensland Parliament, according to one of five recommendations from an inquiry into the proposed laws.
Safety and workers' comp laws are being amended in Queensland to allow dust victims to "re-open" lump sum claims, and crackdown on dodgy electrical work - a move driven by a workplace fatality and coronial inquest.
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