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Trent Forno

Trent Forno (Partner, Queensland) is in MinterEllison's Human Resources & Industrial Relations Division. He has significant experience in all areas of employment law in both the public and private sectors and is regarded for his technical skills and commercial acumen.

Trent practises in a variety of industry sectors, including retail, energy and resources, banking and finance, government, manufacturing and construction.

As a leader of our Management of Injured Workers practice in Queensland, Trent is recognised as a leading workers' compensation and self-insurance lawyer who focuses on providing an integrated solution to a claim which incorporates any considerations surrounding the workers' ongoing employment.

He is also recognised as an expert in occupational health and safety. Trent advises employers at the front end on risk management and compliance matters and also has experience in assisting employers in responding to workplace accidents, including attending interviews with the Inspectorate and defending prosecutions.

As a litigator, Trent has experience in a range of courts, commissions and tribunals. He has particular experience in restraint of trade and breach of confidentiality litigation in both the State Supreme and Federal Courts.

Disclaimer: Some of the information on this page refers to our experience in Australian States and Territories other than New South Wales. Due to advertising restrictions in New South Wales, we are prohibited from publishing information about some of the legal services which we provide in that State.

December 2016

In this edition we cover: 

  • Court finds extensive safety procedures not enough to escape conviction
  • Trends in enforceable undertakings
  • Having a SWMS doesn't mean your organisation is complying with WHS laws
  • Guidance on the interaction between WHS laws and Australian Standards
  • Discrimination claim for refusal to employ person with mental health issue
  • Amusement devices at community events
  • Legislative changes (in coal mining, rail and chain of responsibility)

October 2016

In this edition we cover:

  • Worker prosecutions becoming more common under WHS laws 
  • An increasing focus on shared safety obligations of labour-hire companies and host employers 
  • A recent case in which a director and a roofing company were fined for safety breaches 
  • A summary of interesting WHS developments around Australia (about the new positive obligations to be imposed on chain of responsibility parties, amended Codes of Practice in NSW and Victoria's proposed new OHS Regulations)
  • Our findings from our inaugural survey about managing staff with mental health issues

8 September 2016

Workplace mental health issues are an increasing concern for employers according to MinterEllison's ‘Managing Mental Health in the Workplace’ Survey, released today.  Among the key findings:  

  • 56% year-on-year increase in the number of cases
  • 74% have no formal policy or procedure for managing staff mental health issues
  • Opportunities to deliver improved measurement of mental health workplace impacts

8 September 2016

The management of mental health in the workplace is a complex area and one that clients tell us is at the top of their list of challenges and is of increasing concern. In addition to the legal risks, there are the practical difficulties that come with managing people who are genuinely not well, or not attending work or not responding to reasonable requests. Our survey of Australian workplaces aims to get a better picture of the challenges employers are facing in identifying and managing staff mental health issues.

8 September 2016

On 1 September 2016, the Palaszczuk Government introduced the long awaited Industrial Relations Bill 2016 to the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill adopts almost all of the recommendations contained in the Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group Report, which recommended the introduction of a new Act to replace the current Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld).