Kim McLagan provides a summary of the recent case decision in Kaukau and Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd (Compensation)  AATA 998 (4 May 2022), highlighting the importance of pre-employment declarations.
There are two really powerful sections in the Victorian and Queensland Workers’ Comp legislation, which provide that if you provide an employee before they start employment with a pre-employment declaration, make it clear what the nature of the job is and what the inherent requirements of the job are, both physical and from a psychological point of view, as well.
Ask them if they have got any pre-existing injuries that might be impacted by the nature of that particular role that they’re applying for. And then if they don’t make accurate disclosure that they’ve got a pre-existing injury, and that injury is aggravated at work by the nature of the role, then their WorkCover claim can be rejected.
Key lessons for employers
- Ensure your documentation sets out the criterion that is in the legislation.
- Ensure the questions are clear and easy to understand by all employees.
- If there are any inconsistent answers provided by an employee, ensure you speak to the employee to receive further clarification.
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