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DW Fox Tucker Talent Rises to Receive “Best Lawyers” Awards

April 13, 2018

Once again the “Best Lawyers” awards has recognised DW Fox Tucker’s pool of outstanding legal talent. As the oldest and one of the...

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Mad March in Adelaide

February 15, 2018

The Review and the Election The State Election in March is shaping up to be the most interesting and unusual election in decades....

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DW Fox Tucker’s Finest Bring Home “Best Lawyer” Awards… Again!

April 18, 2017

Another year, another esteemed “Best Lawyers” awards from the Australian Financial Review, which recognises outstanding talent, achievement and service across the whole spectrum...

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Public Sector Shake Up – It’s All About The Money!

January 19, 2017

Shortly after my last article (Rau’s World – Public Sector Shakeup) (2 December 2016), Self Insurers of South Australia (“SISA”) published its Position...

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Rau’s World – Public Sector Shake Up

December 2, 2016

The SA Government’s Cabinet recently discussed and approved the transfer of its public service workers compensation claims to the State’s two existing claims...

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The Return To Work Act Revisited

May 26, 2016

Issues for employers and unintended consequences The Return to Work Scheme came under fire late last year for inadequately providing for police injured...

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Well Recognised! Seven of Australia’s Best Lawyers

March 2, 2016

Another ‘win’ for our clients When this year’s prestigious Best Lawyers in Australia list was released on Friday 26 February, it once again...

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Return to Work SA ‘Consultation Paper’ In Relation to Proposed Changes to the Policy on Self Insurance

February 4, 2016

Deceitful Dishonest Disingenuous  Return to Work SA (“RTWSA”) is proposing that there be dramatic changes for those employers who are currently self-insured in...

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

November 20, 2015

Can your business stand a fine of $20,400? The decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Cerin v ACI Operations Pty...

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Return to Work SA Update

October 26, 2015

The upside and the downside In mid-September Return to Work SA released the 2014-15 figures which show an improved scheme financial and return...

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Transforming Workers Compensation in South Australia

May 31, 2015

The Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) & the South Australian Employment Tribunal The workers compensation landscape in South Australia will change from...

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WorkCover: The Big Reform

May 18, 2015

After Minister Rau famously described the current workers compensation scheme as “buggered”, the Government announced that the WorkCover scheme would be replaced by...

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Alert: Appointments Announced to Workers Compensation and Employment Tribunals

December 12, 2014

The State Government yesterday announced in the South Australian Government Gazette the following two new appointments to the Workers Compensation Tribunal and the...

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Alert: Return to Work and Employment Tribunal Bills passed by Parliament

October 31, 2014

The State Government’s plan to enact a new workers compensation scheme is all but in place after the Return to Work Bill 2014...

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Shake up to South Australian Legal Market

September 1, 2014

Leading South Australian law firms Fox Tucker and Donaldson Walsh will soon be joining forces to form a new firm with a clear...

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Common Law – The New Battleground Between Unions & Employers

May 14, 2014

Shortly before the election, the Government issued a workers compensation policy statement introducing “A New Recovery and Return to Work System for South Australians”.  The...

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Labor’s Discussion Paper On WorkCover – Does It Matter?

February 5, 2014

With a reasonable amount of fanfare, Labor’s WorkCover Policy Statement was released on Friday 24 January 2014.  The following Friday morning the chances of Labor...

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Concern About How WorkCoverSA is Fixing its Financial Problems

December 10, 2013

Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) 3 December, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Concern about how WorkCoverSA is fixing its financial problems Changes to be introduced by...

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WorkCover: Where to From Here?

November 13, 2013

Deputy Premier John Rau has declared that WorkCover is “buggered” and he has promised a “root and branch” recasting of the scheme to...

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High Court Decision a Victory for Common Sense

November 5, 2013

The High Court recently handed down a decision in relation to a workers compensation claim which many will welcome as a triumph for...

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WorkCover Shake Up

September 11, 2013

In the Chinese year of the snake, is WorkCover sliding down the snake or climbing up the ladder? In a media release on...

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I can smell smoke. Is there a fire or is it just a slow burn?

December 18, 2012

Most of you know that significant legislative amendments were made to the WorkCover Scheme and came into effect on 1 July 2008. A...

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The Year Of The Dragon, Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire!

August 2, 2012

The Scheme financial results for the six months to December 31, 2011 were announced at the end of March and despite strong positive...

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New Employer Payments System 2012

December 22, 2011

The Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Employer Payments) Amendment Bill 2011 has been passed by Parliament with the new Employer Payments System expected to...

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WorkCover: Self Insurance – A New Recipe For Rabbit Stew!

November 21, 2011

The WorkCoverSA end of year Financial Results and Annual Report were released on 18 October 2011. The media release which accompanied the report...

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Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Employer Payments) Amendment Bill 2011

October 14, 2011

A very significant Bill intending to make far reaching amendments to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act was introduced into Parliament on 28...

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WorkCover: Out of the Spotlight or Rabbit Stew?

August 1, 2011

In March and again in May, I reflected upon a range of issues that were likely to impact upon the WorkCover scheme. The...

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Workcover: The Rabbit’s Been Caught in the Spotlight

May 1, 2011

In March I wrote that employers and workers alike face another year of uncertainty with a range of issues likely to impact upon...

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WorkCover: Year of the Rabbit

March 1, 2011

Towards the end of last year there were a number of announcements made and decisions taken which, together with judicial interpretation of the...

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Supreme Court of SA Decide Issues Relating to the Medical Panel

October 1, 2010

Self insured employers may have experienced cases where an injured worker declines to attend a medical examination by the Medical Panel upon legal...

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