April 2017

Stress claim at WorkCover WA on appeal to District Court of Western Australia
Mobile Phones and Cancer – the Next Asbestos?
Griffin Coal – The end of the Never Never, is it the death knell for traditional union approaches to bargaining?
Self-Represented Plaintiff Fails to Prove Negligence in his Claim for Common Law Damages in the WA District Court

Welcome to the April edition of our monthly newsletter.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Baldwin, an experienced Employment and Industrial Relations practitioner, as Special Counsel to lead the firms Employment and Workplace Safety practice. Mike has top tier legal and employer association experience in addition to working as in-house counsel for several international resource companies.

Kott Gunning Chairman, Vidal Hockless, said “Mike’s extensive experience in the strategic ER/IR corporate advisory environment will enable us to enhance and add value to our existing relationships with clients and partners and to help new clients, particularly in the construction, manufacturing and resource industries who may not have appreciated the depth of services we offer”. Read more about Mike’s appointment and experience here

There is still time to register for the Governance Institute’s Whistleblower Protection Briefing on 16 May and their Corporate Governance Forum on 1 June, both featuring partner Tom Darbyshire.

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Stress claim at WorkCover WA on appeal to District Court of Western Australia

Ashley Crisp
Partner

The Hayter v HWE Mining decision provides a thorough, useful and informative examination of the legislative provisions and case law relating to stress claims in the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia.
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Mobile Phones and Cancer – the Next Asbestos?

Stephen Williams
Partner

Earlier this month an Italian court held that excessive use of a mobile phone (3 to 4 hours a day over 15 years) caused a benign form of cancer affecting …
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Griffin Coal – The end of the Never Never, is it the death knell for traditional union approaches to bargaining?

Mike Baldwin
Special Counsel

The ramifications of this decision will be felt in every sector across the economy. Employers currently operating loss making operations, will draw succour and courage in its dealings with difficult unions.
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Self-Represented Plaintiff Fails to Prove Negligence in his Claim for Common Law Damages in the WA District Court

Ken Grunder
Senior Associate

Derrick v Thiess is a very interesting case involving a self-represented Plaintiff. The case turns on its own facts but Her Honour provides a very useful and succinct examination of the law relating to an employer’s duty of care toward its employees.
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