Patrick Walsh

Return to Work SA’s Summer of Discontent May Soon Be Over

June 9, 2022

South Australia Government announces Bill to address the issues caused by the authorities in Preedy and Summerfield Equilibrium is a state in which...

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Why We Should Avoid the Use of the Word “Mandate” When Communicating Vaccination Requirements to Workers and the Wider Community

March 4, 2022

In order for any work health and safety policy or requirement to be truly effective, “buy-in” is needed from the people who fall...

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Learning to Live With COVID-19 – The Trolley Dilemma in Our Economy

January 14, 2022

How do we decide which industries are so essential that the risks of suspending operations outweigh the risk of using COVID-19 positive workers...

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Aged Care: Staying Ahead of the Curve

December 9, 2021

South Australia Aged Care facilities will need to monitor developments in Victoria and New South Wales carefully as open borders change the “risk...

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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination: Has the Delta Variant Changed the Game?

October 7, 2021

As the virus that causes COVID-19 evolves, employers are being forced to reconsider the need for their workers to be vaccinated, so how...

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Lessons Learned From the Sexual Assault/Misconduct Revelations in Federal Parliament

June 30, 2021

The recent revelations of alleged criminal conduct and misconduct in the Federal Parliament directed towards women has had devastating ramifications for those involved....

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Safety Requirements for “General Use” Quad Bikes

June 30, 2021

The Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (‘the Standard’) commenced operation on 11 October 2019. This much-debated standard placed a range of...

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Evaluating the Cause(s) of Impairments Comes Down to “Common Sense”

May 14, 2021

The Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia “doubles-down” on its reasons in Preedy but fails to articulate a straightforward test...

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Best Lawyers Australia: Celebrating Excellence

April 19, 2021

DW Fox Tucker Lawyers is proud to share with you that ten of our lawyers have been listed in the 2022 edition of...

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Eliminating COVID-19 Risk From Australian Workplaces

February 23, 2021

We can now prevent people from developing COVID-19, but when is it lawful and reasonable for employers to direct employees to undergo vaccination...

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All for One and One for All!

December 17, 2020

South Australian Employment Tribunal finds that all members of a group under a licence of self-insurance are equally and severally liable for suitable...

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Work Health and Safety During a Pandemic: The Issue of Vaccination for Businesses

May 8, 2020

What role, if any, do businesses have to play if a vaccine is created for SARS-CoV-2? There has been a lot of discussion...

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Adjustments to Agricultural Sector in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on business have been widespread and complex. In the agriculture industry the oft-quoted phrase that “everyone still...

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Best Lawyers Recognises Nine of DW Fox Tuckers Finest

April 22, 2020

DW Fox Tucker Lawyers is delighted to announce that nine of the firm’s senior lawyers have been recognised across 17 different areas of...

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Managing Your Workforce in a Stand Down

April 3, 2020

What are the implications for workers performing modified duties pursuant to the Return to Work Act? A lot of business are currently faced...

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Assessor or Adjudicator?

February 13, 2020

Three recent decisions in the SAET have served to highlight the difficulty in remediating incorrect impairment assessments under the Return to Work 2014...

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Impairment Assessments and Section 22 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA)

November 21, 2019

Batten down the hatches! One wonders whether (the then Honourable John Rau – Deputy Premier) could have appreciated the sense of irony that...

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Estoppel and “Contracting Out” of Workers Compensation Legislation

September 30, 2019

Two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of South Australia comment on the issue of “contracting out” of workers compensation legislation, these decisions...

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Whistleblower Protection Laws

September 26, 2019

We have previously reported on the new whistleblower protection laws which came into operation on 1 July 2019 through the Treasury Laws Amendment...

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Protecting a Business’ Brand in the Age of Social Media

July 19, 2019

The termination of Israel Folau’s multimillion dollar playing contract with Rugby Australia has been a divisive issue across Australia. On one hand, Rugby...

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Provision of Suitable Employment Under Section 18 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA)

June 21, 2019

Decisions regarding the application of Section 18 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) (the Act) are slowly trickling out of the...

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Life After Mitchell

April 16, 2019

Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia Publishes Decision in Return to Work Corporation of South Australia v Mitchell [2019] SASCFC...

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Calculating Average Weekly Earnings When a Worker Suffers a Second Compensable Injury

April 12, 2019

The recent decision of the South Australian Employment Tribunal in Knight v Department for Education [2019] SAET 64 centred on the correct calculation...

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DW Fox Tucker’s “Best Lawyer” Awards List Grows, New Additions & Another “Lawyer of the Year”

April 2, 2019

The 12th annual “Best Lawyer Awards” have been announced by the Australian Financial Review, and DW Fox Tucker is delighted to confirm that...

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Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants in the South Australian Employment Tribunal

November 15, 2018

The recent decision of the Full Bench of the South Australian Employment Tribunal in Richards v Little Company of Mary Health Care [2018]...

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Workers Compensation Case Studies

November 7, 2018

Return to Work Corporation of South Australia v Karpathakis; Return to Work Corporation of South Australia v Rudduck [2018] SASCFC 45 This decision...

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Looking into the Crystal Ball

July 4, 2018

What can we expect in Workers Compensation in the near future? On 16 April 2018 State Treasurer Rob Lucas announced that the average...

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New International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety

July 4, 2018

The International Organisation for Standardisation has recently published a new International Standard ISO 45001:  “Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with...

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Staff Profile: Patrick Walsh

July 4, 2018

No Place Like Home Patrick Walsh will tell you that while having experience counts, it’s engaging and enjoying interaction with people on all...

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Recognising the Health Benefits of Good Work

June 22, 2017

Returning Injured Employees to the Workplace After They Have Suffered a “Non-Compensable” Injury In most cases where an employee is sick or injured,...

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