Excessive prescription of opioid medication is doubling the risk of long-term disability among injured workers, and highlights the need for workers' compensation schemes to take urgent action, says a leading occupational health researcher.
The Fair Work Commission has commended an employer's injury-management efforts, in the lead up to the dismissal of a worker with physical and mental injuries, who claimed she was "written off" due to her mental illness.
Deciding whether to disclose a mental health condition to an employer can be complicated for workers but a "decision aid tool" can ease the process and reduces the stress it causes, Australian researchers say.
A tribunal has upheld an employer's actions in dismissing a worker for misconduct on his first day back at work after suffering mental health issues, but concedes it could have handled the early signs of his erratic behaviour differently and provided more support.
A union and two organisers attempted to pressure an employer to continue providing work to an injured delegate by making "bogus" safety complaints about manual handling training and rescue kits at three sites, a court has found.
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.
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.
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.