Language barriers compound the existing challenges of workers' comp and injury management processes and expose employers to the risk of workers reinjuring or exacerbating their conditions, the CEO of a care services organisation has warned.
The general benefits an injured worker gets from his psychiatric assistance dog does not establish the animal as a form of medical treatment, a tribunal has found in denying him the costs of its upkeep.
A 42-year-old mesothelioma sufferer, and member of the "third wave" of asbestos victims, has been awarded a record $3 million in exemplary and other damages, with a court warning that widespread appreciation of the hazard does little to protect workers and home owners.
The High Court has quashed a ruling that a public servant who was sacked for using Twitter to criticise her employer was the victim of unreasonable administrative action and entitled to workers' compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
A worker's bowel dysfunction resulted from taking opioid medication Panadeine Forte for a work injury, a tribunal has ruled in dismissing claims that his dose wasn't high enough to cause the condition.
A worker who was fatally attacked by her de facto partner while she was "on call" at home was killed in the course of her employment, a commission president has found in upholding a death benefits award.
Performance management and disciplinary processes shouldn't be scrapped if a worker becomes ill or makes a psychological injury claim during the process, but communication is key to managing their expectations, a senior workplace lawyer says.
A major employer has been blocked from appealing against a ruling that a series of injury-causing meetings didn't satisfy the definition of "performance appraisal" because it was a "vague, continuing, informal process".