The critical role of decision makers in adverse action claims

The recent Full Federal Court of Australia decision, Australian Red Cross Society v Queensland Nursing Union of Employees [2019] FCAFC215, serves as a timely reminder of the importance of “decision maker” evidence in adverse actions claims. In this update, Wotton + Kearney’s Chris Mossman and Lisa Schumacher look at employers’ exposures around decision makers and ways […]

Wotton + Kearney recruits national EPL practice leader

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Mossman, a highly regarded workplace lawyer and commercial litigator, as a Partner and new leader of the firm’s Employment Practices Liability (EPL) practice, based in Sydney. Cain Jackson, leader of the firm’s Financial Lines practice commented: “In looking for a senior specialist to lead […]

New Zealand’s new Privacy Act edges closer

The long-awaited legislative overhaul to New Zealand’s privacy framework contained in the Privacy Act 1993 is on track for commencement on 1 March 2020. The Privacy Bill, which contains a comprehensive suite of reforms, has recently passed its second legislative reading. New Zealand’s new privacy framework will be based on the same OECD principles that […]

Insurers face a double blow from cyber fines and claims in Australia

With anticipated new data protection laws and significant investigations underway, Australia appears set to create a data protection regime with high penalties and serious potential for third party claims. Increased enforcement, penalties and third party claims will create a rapid increase in exposure for insurers – and may put the question of whether cyber fines […]

GL Update – key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire litigation conducted by our Melbourne team, the ongoing risk of concussion claims and prison authority […]

#MeToo is not over: sexual harassment claims to stay in the spotlight in 2019

Claims for sexual harassment have risen significantly in Australia during the past year, and they will keep rising. The recommendations from the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces could mean new claim types emerge. A rise in claims, combined with the renewed focus on sexual harassment, will cause businesses to increasingly take out […]

Insurance for WHS fines – will they soon be prohibited?

Are fines appropriate penalties to deter companies and directors from breaching WHS laws when they can be indemnified by their insurers? Should insurance policies that cover these monetary penalties be made illegal and void? At the moment, companies and directors are able to insure against the risk of fines for breaches of WHS laws, however […]

Government Bill opens the back door for hackers

The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 was introduced to Parliament on 20 September. While the Bill may sound innocuous, its scope and implications could significantly impact personal data security in Australia and make it easier for hackers to access personal data stored on devices. Technology commentators say it will be […]

Can courts order a prohibition on the indemnity of civil penalties?

At the end of the year the High Court will hear an application about whether the Federal Court has power to prohibit another person from indemnifying a respondent for their liability to pay a civil penalty. The question arises after Justice Mortimer of the Federal Court found a union organiser had breached the general protections […]