A supervisor who decided a worker was hard to manage and "needed to be dealt with", traumatised and psychologically injured her by intimidating her during a counselling meeting, the Federal Court has confirmed on appeal.
The widow of a worker who contracted a rare disorder at work in 1986, and died from a similarly rare condition 30 years later, has been denied $400,000 in death benefits because of a gap in the scientific literature on the link between the conditions.
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.
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 full Federal Court has upheld a decision to reduce the maximum accident pay period in a modern award, from 78 to 52 weeks, based on improving safety standards and falling lost-time injury frequency rates.
A full Federal Court has dismissed an appeal from a worker - whose injury dispute helped reform the administrative action test - against a finding that her injury arose from a performance appraisal and wasn't compensable.
A $170,000 s-xual harassment case has demonstrated that the conduct of workers who view themselves as merely pursuing a romantic relationship with a colleague can be "deeply distressing" and harmful, even if it isn't "crude, vulgar or lascivious".
Injuries resulting from or aggravated by battling for workers' compensation are not compensable, a tribunal has reiterated in a dispute arising from a worker's noisy and cramped working conditions more than two decades ago.