The Advanced Health Directive

IN THE past two weeks I have looked at General Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Both are formal documents that give another person the authority to make decisions on your behalf. Out of the two, only the Enduring Power of Attorney can provide power to make decisions about personal and health matters. But what about if you … Read More

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A look at Enduring Power of Attorney

TODAY is the second article in a series of three regarding the types of authority you can legally give to another person to make decisions for you. The first article looked at the General Power of Attorney (an authority you can utilise for the making of financial decisions). Today’s article looks at the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA). An EPOA … Read More

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Looking at general power of attorney

THERE are times in life when we need to give another person authority to make decisions on our behalf. Giving power to another person to make such decisions is a very serious matter, which is one of the reasons why the authority must be in writing. I am going to take the opportunity over the coming weeks to explain the … Read More

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Social media as evidence in litigation

OVER the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about the relevance of social media posts in the context of family law disputes, in particular, Facebook posts that can be used as evidence. However, this type of evidence is not just relevant to family law disputes and it is being used in a wide variety of legal matters. The … Read More

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Family Law part 2 – Facebook and parenting disputes

LAST week, I spoke about Facebook as a platform for domestic violence. This week, I want to touch on the relevance of social media to parenting disputes. Parenting disputes are (understandably) emotional affairs, and when emotions run high, it can sometimes be tempting to take to social media to vent frustration about a split. However, there are good reasons to … Read More

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Family Law Part 1 – Facebook and Domestic Violence

USUALLY when people think of domestic violence, they think of physical abuse, but did you know it can include online acts and conduct? The most common form of online domestic violence is threatening or abusive messages. In family law matters, courts have taken a wide view of what counts as a threatening or abusive post and evidence from social media … Read More

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Let’s talk about quad bike safety

QUAD bike safety is an important topic. This is particularly so in our community where there are farms and rural workplaces that often use quad bikes. The reality is that quad bikes are a major risk area for serious injury or death. Safe Work Australia compiles the data relating to quad bike fatalities. In the eight years from 2011 to … Read More

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Employer and individual liability for workplace safety

LAST week I spoke about an employer’s duty to manage risks to the mental health of its workers. Of course, an employer must also manage risks to their workers’ physical safety. If they fail to comply with their obligations, the employer is at risk of being prosecuted by Workplace Health and Safety (“WHS”). This may include the individual with responsibility … Read More

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Mental health in the workplace

AN EMPLOYER has a duty to manage risks to the mental health of its workers. It arises under both common law and Queensland legislation, primarily the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. If you are an employer you need to ensure your workplace is mentally healthy and that you are adequately managing risks within your organisation to the mental health … Read More

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Household Worker insurance?

AS BUSY individuals, we sometimes pay cleaners, babysitters, gardeners and others to help us at home. There is a common misconception these people are always contractors, as opposed to employees. But that may not be the case. You have a duty of care to entrants on your property to take reasonable steps to avoid exposing them to risk of injury. … Read More

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