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WorkCover WA

New legislation

 

On 12 October 2020, amendments within the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 came into effect.

 

The amendments address a small number of priority issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Establish a presumption of work-related injury for COVID-19 contracted by health care workers
  2. Discontinue the common law termination day
  3. Provide for a revised notice to be given to workers about common law claims
  4. Provide for email service of liability decision notices to workers from insurers and self-insurers
  5. Provide for annual indexation of capped worker entitlements

Fact sheets on the amendments are available on the WorkCover website.

 

 

Workers’ Compensation NSW

SIRA enforces cover

 

According to a report from the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) of New South Wales, 1,627 businesses took out a workers’ compensation policy between 1 July and 30 September after SIRA started its non-insurance investigations. As a result, 5,236 more employees are now covered by a policy.

 

SIRA also issued four penalty notices under s155 of the Workers’ Compensation Act 1987 for non-insurance, with each business fined a total of $750.

 

Workers’ pay clarified

 

The New South Wales Workers’ Compensation Amendment (COVID-19 Weekly Payment Compensation) Regulation 2020 came into effect on 23 October 2020. The new regulation aims to clarify how JobKeeper payments and other COVID-19 impacts on workers’ earnings are handled in calculating workers’ weekly payments and pre-injury average weekly earnings. It includes changes in the calculations of PIAWE and weekly payments.

 

EBM’s specialist Workers’ Compensation team

 

Workers’ Compensation is complex and EBM can assist you with every aspect of your Workers’ Compensation policy. Please contact us to see how we can help.

 

If your business is faced with a Workers’ Compensation claim, EBM’s Injury Management team can assist with advice and support throughout the claims process.

 

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