Monthly Archives: November 2013

In recent months there has been an increased media focus on the safety of mental health workers who need to deal with violent and aggressive patients. A new decision of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has clarified the steps that an employer must take in order to provide a safe system of work for its health workers.

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Thomsons Lawyers was recently successful in having two adjudication decisions pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (QLD) (BCIP Act) declared void for a lack of reference dates in the Queensland Supreme Court decision of Kellett Street Partners Pty Ltd v Pacific Rim Trading Co Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] QSC 298.

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In an important decision on the definition of ‘in the course of employment’, the High Court on Wednesday 30 October 2013 found in Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41 that an employee was not covered by workers compensation legislation whilst engaged in sexual activity during a work-related trip.

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Thomsons has acted for McPherson's Limited in two recent acquisitions that will deliver on its strategy to further diversify its business through expansion in two of its key divisions: health & beauty and home appliances. Both acquisitions will be effective from 31 October 2013, and will be funded from existing facilities.

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