Entries by Optimus1

Work Experience Liability

Differences in Liability When employers provide work experience to school age students and unemployed people there are distinct differences with liability issues between the two groups. With school students the employer is normally indemnified by the school that the student attends, together with relevant State Government authorities indemnification, in respect of any injury sustained by […]

New Rating System for Homes at Risk

New rating system launched Following the ‘Black Saturday’ and ‘Blue Mountains’ bushfires in recent years, the Australian Government in conjunction with local councils and fire services, has amended the requirements set out in Australian Standard 3959 – Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas. A Bushfire Attack Level (commonly known as BAL) Rating has now […]

Trademark Infringed

An Expensive Oversight A small chocolatier based outside of Adelaide, Chocolate @ No. 5, has been forced to redesign its logo after multinational fashion giant Chanel claimed a trademark infringement of its perfume, Chanel No. 5. Chanel disputed the use of ‘No. 5’ in the chocolatier’s logo when the chocolatier recently applied for a trademark […]

Good Staff

How Do You Keep Them? The common misconception is that all you have to do is pay well. Many studies have found that this is simply not the case… in fact, it generally comes in around third or fourth on the employee list of ‘job satisfaction’ priorities. Paying a fair and reasonable salary is expected […]

Tougher transport laws

Penalties to Hit Harder Recent changes to transport laws now hold more individuals and companies in the transport chain accountable for breaches. The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) commenced in 2014 and applies in all States of Australia except Western Australia. The legislation applies to all vehicles that have a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) or […]

Pollution Liability Insurance

A Must-Have For Many Businesses Many business owners are unaware their standard business package insurance will not cover pollution remediation. It’s likely that contractors and other professionals working on major infrastructure and construction projects will have appropriate cover, but the cover is not just for heavy industry. Businesses with high risk include dry cleaners and […]

Underinsurance

Weather Events Demand a Closer Look Following on from the previous article in the last edition of Brokerwise, we continue to focus on the impact of Co-Insurance or “Underinsurance” as it is more commonly known. The importance of considering and selecting appropriate and adequate Insurance Policy Limits or sub limits of liability are paramount and […]

Closing your Business?

Don’t Cancel Your Cover The business has closed, it’s no longer trading, no more parts or products being manufactured or imported. No more installations or maintenance. No goods for sale. So, time for retirement or a change in direction. We just need to cancel the insurance. Well, not exactly. There is an element of insurance […]

Workers Comp in QLD

Changes on the Way With the recent election of the Labor government in Queensland, the repeal of the impairment threshold for access to common law claims arising out of workplace injuries seems imminent. Changes to the WorkCover scheme, introduced in October 2013, meant that workers assessed with 5% impairment or less do not have access […]

How do you find good staff?

For decades, the employment section of the newspaper was traditionally the way job seekers got connected with employers…but that doesn’t work anymore! Job seekers, especially young ones, just don’t bother looking there. The job-hunting space has been taken over by web-based employment agencies such as Seek and myriad jobs boards in niche industries, colleges and […]