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Queensland’s tough workers’ compensation scheme laws with their restrictions that shut out many legitimate claims have become an election issue, with Labor vowing to scrap them while the LNP says it won’t review them.
Brisbane compensation law expert Mark O’Connor said changes to the WorkCover scheme, introduced in October 2013, imposed a five per cent threshold on all common law claims...Read more
Breakfast with Spencer Howson, 08 July 2014, 8:39 am
As you may have heard in the news, Australia's largest class action suit is expected to be lodged today.
It's against the operators of Wivenhoe Dam, over claiming negligence in the operation of the dam in the 2011 floods.
So what will this class action mean for flood victims? Mark O'Connor is the Director of Bennett...Read more
Mark O'Connor comments in the Brisbane Times on February 9, 2014 -
The methods of hotel crowd controllers have come under fire from one Brisbane lawyer, who believes the crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence should take into account approaches used in handling intoxicated patrons.
Compensation lawyer Mark O'Connor says a legal loophole currently allows hotels to dodge...Read more
Employers are generally liable for the acts of their employees.
This is known as vicarious liability but it only applies if the employee is acting within the scope of their employment. The other manner in which an employer might be held liable for an act of one of its employees, even if that act is illegal, would be if the employer was...Read more
Brisbane lawyer Mark O’Connor said the holiday season meant many parties and social gatherings were being held at homes, and hosts should not lose sight of their responsibilities to provide a safe venue.
It was too easy, especially where alcohol was involved, for people to forget responsibilities such as ensuring children in a pool were safe, or a barbecue was being safely operated....Read more
The Queensland Government may have given businesses flouting workplace health and safety laws a ‘get out of jail free’ card with the State’s tough new workers compensation scheme restrictions.
News reports have revealed that building firm John Holland allegedly did not follow its own workplace health and safety systems whilst building the Brisbane Airport Link project.