For Occupational Overuse Syndrome Sufferers -
Support and Information
provide local support groups for people who are having to deal with ACC:
Other Acclaim support groups.
OOS and the Law, New ZealandWhat's on this page:
Human Rights Act
Health and Disability Commissioner Act
Employment Relations Act
Protected Disclosures Act (whistle blowing)
ACC related laws, websites and FAQ's
Health and Safety in Employment Act
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NZ LAW NEWS
Download the Helen Cull QC report. The Minister of Health ordered this report to investigate streamlining medical complaints. It applies more particularly to medical misadventure but affects everyone making a complaint.Dr Alchin and Teen court case:
Read about this in case in Philips Fox Health Bulletin. Note that ACC has appealed this decision. ..Heard in Wellington District Court, Tuesday July 2nd. Awaiting decision. Later: ACC won this appeal. There is no justice!
The Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act came into force in April, 2002. Read more....
Human Rights Act:Read the Human Rights Act at the Human Rights Commission website.
• Brooker's "Locate a Lawyer" Choose an area (you don't have to put a lawyer's name in). Scroll down and choose "ACC" then select "Go"
ACC, plus Health & Safety Laws and Info:
ACC Related Laws, Websites and some FAQ'sACC tops IRD for numbers of complaints. Plus, Ombudsmen's Office understaffed with people resigning through STRESS!
OOS section and their commentary on OOS on the farm!
website, information here about ACC contracts for health providers.
List of employers who are accredited by ACC.
of Labour's Accident Insurance Website. This has a lot of excellent
info on it, including info about ACC reviews, accredited employers etc.
What is an ACC Review?
Incidentally, is there anything more ludicrous than the
employer with an
unsafe workplace being an "accredited" employer? but it can happen! A
large organisation may be ultra-safe in one department and dismal in
another, so they can still gain accreditation. Plus, some employers
pressurise staff to keep quiet about injuries. If your employer
pressures you to be dishonest about an injury, contact the Department
of Labour Industrial Relations service.
What is an accredited employer?
Some important points about accredited employers'
"(3) Every accredited employer must provide to each employee, without charge, a written statement that specifies the procedures and requirements under the accreditation agreement in relation to the lodging of claims, provision of treatment, handling of claims, assessment of incapacity, assessment of capacity for work, and dispute resolution."
ACC and OSH have put together a Manual Handling Risk Assessment Manual draft.You can find it here. It requires Adobe Acrobat to read it.
OK, THIS IS YOUR SPOT! Got a complaint about ACC? Have you seen ACC or one of the private insurers they use, break the law? Let us know!
Health and Safety in Employment ActRead the Act.
November 9, 2001 - Min of Labour's speech on new HSE Act provisions
Note that the HSE Amendment Bill has been introduced by the government. Read the update on its progress, plus a LOT of other info about it, at the OSH website.
This law spells out the
responsibilites of employer and employee.
(a) Provide and maintain for employees a safe working environment; and