A worker's frustration over his employer's PPE policy and alleged failure to prioritise safety over cost did not excuse his aggressive and intimidating conduct towards his co-workers, a commission has confirmed.
A union official's high Fair Work fine (and second personal payment order) is more modest than it might have been, with the Federal Court agreeing that at the time of his offences, it was unclear whether he needed a permit to enter a site at the request of a health and safety representative.
An obese worker assessed as being a fall-risk has been granted leave to pursue discrimination claims against her former employer, including for its purported failure to provide reasonable work adjustments to accommodate her condition.
Employment relationships should always be characterised, by judges, in a way that avoids or minimises the risk of WHS or workers' comp violations, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in a landmark gig economy case involving a Foodora rider.
A worker who took "ornamental" duelling pistols and explosives to work to show his colleagues was rightly dismissed, irrespective of whether the weapons were inert or perceived by others as safe, a commission has found.
A union official who encouraged workers to defy a major employer's sun-protection policy was attempting to fulfil the wishes of workers and didn't engage in unlawful industrial action, a full Federal Court has found in setting aside high-range penalties.