Amendments To Queensland Workers' Compensation Legislation: Implications For Hiring

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The recent changes to the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) (WCR Act) have generated debate. The focus has been on the introduction of a threshold for common law claims.

However, employers should pay attention to the amendments relevant to obtaining information about pre-existing injuries and workers' compensation claims of prospective employees. The changes could be a "two-edged sword" because of the potential to breach the WCR Act itself, or the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).

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