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Employers that implement mental health interventions that focus across the "spectrum of mental health" can expect a significant return on investment within three years, according to new Deloitte research.
Employers are facing increasing pressure to provide psychologically healthy workplaces, with the Productivity Commission calling for explicit WHS laws for mental health and "no-liability treatment" for workers, and unions saying work "must be at the centre" of efforts to reduce mental illness.
A major employer has been cleared of coercing a worker not to make a workers' comp claim, but fined over an HSE manager's unprofessional actions in dealing with the worker's complaints against her injury management coordinator.
Workers' comp schemes must address injured workers' "normal reactions to injuries" to prevent them from transitioning into permanent disability, the medical director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in the US has told an Adelaide conference.
The effect of a worker's disability on their work capacity doesn't always constitute part of the disability, a full Federal Court has found, in quashing a finding that an employer that dismissed a worker on stress leave discriminated against him because of his mental disability.
A worker developed the painful condition trigger finger as a result of overusing his non-dominant hand, and using it differently, while on suitable duties recovering from a work injury, a tribunal has found.
Building workplace cultures where both official and unofficial leaders demonstrate a commitment to health and safety, and workers are shielded from the stigma associated with injury claims, is one of five action areas of a new national return-to-work strategy.
A judge has highlighted four serious concerns with an employer's drug and alcohol policy, in ruling that an injured worker wasn't guilty of serious and wilful misconduct in refusing to undergo a urine test ahead of his return to work.