The first multi-jurisdictional study of injured Australian workers' claims experiences has found that a negative or neutral experience can have as much impact as poor health on return-to-work outcomes.
An employer could have avoided an adverse action complaint from an injured worker, who claimed his role was given to another worker, by being more clear and direct that the latter was only covering for him on a temporary basis, a court has found.
A commission has found an employer can require a claustrophobic worker to work in enclosed spaces, but warned that the company's approach to accommodating his condition will be carefully scrutinised if he is sacked for being unable to do so.
New parents face a number of challenges returning to work and shouldn't have to rely on winning "the boss lottery" to receive the support they need, an organisational psychologist specialising in workplace transitions says.
Workers with injuries caused by workplace violence are at high risk of psychological distress and need different forms of workplace support than workers injured in other ways, a Canadian study of Australian incidents has found.
A tribunal has affirmed that dissatisfaction with employer-provided rehabilitation programs does not excuse the failure of injured workers to comply with them, in denying a "resistant" worker a new program with her preferred hours.
Canadian work health experts have joined the growing list of researchers warning that prescribing opioids for work-related injuries can lead to serious harm and protracted claims, and should be avoided.
A major report, prompted by a public health emergency declared by US President Donald Trump, has found a high proportion of injured workers are prescribed opioids, often unnecessarily, exposing them to the risk of addiction within days of use and driving up employers' workers' comp costs.