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Qld compo bars employers

Employers have been barred from obtaining the workers compensation claims history of prospective employees, among a number of changes under new laws passed in the Queensland parliament last week.

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 prevents employers obtaining a copy of a prospective worker’s compensation claims history from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator.

In other changes, the new laws allow workers with than less than 5 per cent impairment to seek workers compensation damages under common law.

The new provisions also permit workers prevented from making damages claims between October 15, 2013 and January 31, 2015 to seek additional compensation payouts.

Meanwhile, firefighters diagnosed with a deemed disease will have their injury automatically deemed a work injury under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (Protecting Firefighters) Amendment Bill 2015. This law also passed in the Queensland parliament last week.

The deemed diseases include the following cancers: brain, bladder, kidney, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia, breast, testicular, prostate, ureter, colorectal, oesophageal and multiple myeloma.

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Published on 24 September 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

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