Human Resources and the Law (Employment Law)

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urn to work responsibilities, has been detailed in the Workers Compensation Act 1987, Work Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and Workers Compensation Regulation 2003.1
In the year 2010, Dimity Smith, and employee of the Cheaper Than Chips Pty Ltd, which was a part of a chain of liquidation stores, attended a state wide conference for the employees of this chain of stores. A significant amount of this conference was devoted to OHS issues, such as unsafe plant and equipment, and slip and fall accidents.
The liability of employers, whose workers sustain injuries, is described under Section 9 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 No 70. Sub – section 9(1) of this Act stipulates that a worker who has been injured is to be provided with compensation by the employer, as per the provisions of this Act. In case of the death of the worker, the dependants of the worker are to receive the compensation. Furthermore, sub – section 9(2) of this Act declares that compensation has to be paid, regardless of whether the injury was sustained at the place of employment. 2
Section 22 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 No 70, deals with situations, wherein the worker sustains more than one injury. In such cases it is very important to determine the injury that generates the compensation liability. Subsection 22(1) declares that the Commission can identify the injury, either at the behest of the employer or of the Authority that has generated liability to pay compensation under the Act. In addition, subsection 22(2) affirms that such determination is independent of any agreement. Moreover, it irrespective of any compensation ordered under sections 15 or 16 of this Act, or the requirement to apportion liability under section 22.3
It is incumbent upon a worker to inform the employer, as soon as possible, with regard to having been injured, authorise the attendant physician to provide the related information to the insurer or Scheme Agent and the employer. In