July 2012

Workers’ Compensation – Return-to-Work Plans

Recently there has been a number of enquiries by members seeking advise on their legal rights in relation to “Return to Work Plans”. Some employers whether they are self insured or covered by insurance companies are trying to pressure injured workers into signing off on their return to work plans. There is no legal requirement

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Employee Safety Representatives = Union business

Just like a delegate or shop steward, the role of the Employee Safety Representative (ESR) represents workers. Unlike delegates and shop stewards, not all ESR’s are union members. In fact, many workplaces don’t have an ESR. A state WorkCover Authority estimates that only about 20% of workplaces have ESR’s. Yet the ESR is a legislated

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