A worker who broke her leg after smoking on a workplace rooftop prior to starting a shift was on an "ordinary recess" and is entitled to compensation, because her employer required her to attend work 10 minutes early, an appeals court has ruled.
In a case showing that managers don't need to apply every disciplinary procedure to every meeting on a contentious issue, a worker has been denied compensation for injuries purportedly arising from accusations of fraud.
A worker who claimed his mental injury arose from being forced to perform unpaid overtime and having unclear finishing times had plenty of "downtime" during his shifts to complete his tasks, a commission has found.
An employer breached its duty of care to a worker attacked in its open car park at night in failing to instruct staff on what to do if they came across suspicious people on the premises, an appeals court has confirmed.
A worker who was injured slipping on a grape - in a sector not associated with produce - has been denied damages, with a court rejecting her claim that her employer negligently failed to warn her of the hazard and instruct her on how to avoid it.
A recent decision in South Australia's highest court has enlarged the circumstances in which injured workers' impairments can be combined for compensation purposes, while the Queensland Court of Appeal has found that applying for statutory benefits out of time doesn't block access to damages.
An employer could have complied with its duty of care to an assaulted worker, and avoided a $600,000 injury damages bill, by simply separating the worker and his assailant after being warned of the "ticking time bomb" situation, a court has found.
A worker has been denied compensation for a bullying-related psych injury, after a commission found his employer put an end to "workplace tricks and horseplay" and disciplined the main perpetrator months before his decompensation.