Robert King

Robert King

K&L Gates LLP

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Update – the RSRT's 2016 Order

Delayed start? Yesterday, the Full Bench of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) heard from various applicants who had applied for variations to and a stay of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments and Road Safety...more

3/17/2016 - Australia Commercial Truck Drivers Delivery Drivers Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Trucking Industry Wage and Hour Workplace Safety

The Potential Chain Behind This Supply Chain Order

The April start? Unless the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) delays the commencement date for the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments and Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (RSRO 2016), the order will commence...more

3/16/2016 - Australia Commercial Truck Drivers Drivers Independent Contractors Safety Standards Supply Chain Trucking Industry

Where do you sit in the Hierarchy?

Training, signage and personal protective equipment (PPE) are some of the more visible and "go to" risk control measures adopted throughout workplaces. These types of controls are often the first that come to mind because...more

3/16/2016 - Australia Employee Training Employer Liability Issues Personal Protective Equipment Risk Management Signs Workplace Safety

Ending the Death Penalty in WHS Matters

Despite the fact that Australia has not executed anyone for a crime since February 1967, a recent coronial decision has lamented the willingness by some businesses to continuing with the death penalty for WHS matters. The...more

12/10/2015 - Australia Death Penalty Workplace Hazards Workplace Safety

Experts Alone Cannot Save You - Australia Labour, Employment Workplace Safety Alert

A recent decision by the NSW Industrial Court (Court) is a further reminder that businesses can't hide behind appointed experts or delegate their safety obligations and responsibilities to others. It is also a reminder that...more

11/2/2015 - Australia Employer Liability Issues OHSA Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury Workplace Safety Wrongful Death

WHS Amendments Passed in Queensland and Become law (once again)

In a recent update, we confirmed that the Queensland Labor Government had introduced a Bill to reverse a number of the Newman Government's changes to work, health and safety provisions relevant to Health and Safety...more

10/22/2015 - Compliance Unions Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury Workplace Safety

Queensland Workers' Compensation Bill Will Remove the Current Impairment Threshold for Injured Workers

If passed by the Queensland Parliament, the Workers' Compensation Amendment Bill 2015 (QLD) (Bill) will remove the previous Liberal National Party Government's limitations on an injured worker's entitlement to commence a...more

7/29/2015 - Workplace Injury Workplace Safety

Breach of a Safety 'Golden Rule' Does Not Give Employers an Absolute Unfair Dismissal Defence

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision reinforces that proving a work health and safety breach will not act as an impenetrable mantra to defend an unfair dismissal claim. Employers must prove they act consistently (and...more

4/24/2015 - Australia Fair Work Commission Hiring & Firing Termination Workplace Safety

Come Again Another Day? Changes to Union Right of Entry

Queensland Government legislates to scrap WHS permit holders' power to issue stop work orders and Federal Government introduces Fair Work Act Amendment Bill to parliament - In the ever changing landscape of industrial...more

4/29/2014 - Australia Right of Access Unions

Queensland Workers' Compensation Changes Require Prospective Employees to Disclose Their Claims History

The recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Act) introduced some of the most significant changes to Queensland's workers' compensation scheme since the commencement of the Act....more

11/5/2013 - Australia Bodily Injury Workplace Injury

FWA Increases Award Rates by 2.6%

The Fair Work Commission's Minimum Wage Panel (Panel) handed down its 2013 wage decision yesterday, ruling that all award rates of pay will increase by 2.6%, effective from the first wage period after 1 July 2013. The...more

6/4/2013 - Fair Work Commission Minimum Wage Negotiations Wages

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