Major IR changes in NSW and Qld

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Major IR changes in NSW and Qld

Major amendments to the NSW workers compensation system have passed through the Upper House of Parliament.

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Workers compensation changes (NSW) passed
 
Major amendments to the NSW workers compensation system have passed through the Upper House of Parliament.

The thrust of the legislation is to reduce the growing debt of workers compensation liability in the State. The Workers Compensation Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2001 remains a controversial piece of legislation. It provides for common law actions being available for injured workers who have suffered a permanent loss of 15% plus re whole body impairment (other than psychological/psychiatric injury) and 10% re psychological/psychiatric injury.

The legislation also ends private underwriting of the insurance scheme and implements various recommendations of the report by Justice Terry Sheahan.

The Workers Compensation Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2001 was passed through the Legislative Council (Upper House) on 30/11/200. The latest note to the legislation is: 'the Opposition moved "That this (Lower) House formally resolves and calls on the Government to proclaim all sections of the Act in the interests of both employees and injured workers in New South Wales." Division deferred.'

IR changes - Queensland

Equal pay for women and unpaid parental leave plus bereavement leave and carer's leave for casual employees are some of the important changes flowing from legislation just passed through the Queensland Parliament. (see Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2001)

The Legislation also introduces a minimum wage for all workers, including those not covered by awards.

The commencement date for most of the new provisions is May 2002.

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