The Fair Work Commission has ordered the managing director of a company - issued three bullying-related WHS improvement notices - not to use his lawyers to communicate with a worker, in a suite of stop-bullying orders that clarify the worker's role and who can discipline her.
The Tasmanian Government has introduced its Australian-first Bill providing presumptive compensation to all public sector workers with PTSD, saying it will consider extending the presumption to more occupational groups, and the laws will reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.
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A worker has failed to convince a tribunal full bench that his doctors' gross failures didn't break the chain of causation between his work injury and subsequent incapacity because there was a distinction between the omission and commission of negligent medical treatment.
Employers providing workers with mindfulness training to combat stress need to ensure leaders are also accessing the program, to get the most out of their investment, icare says. The insurer has also identified a number of steps employers can take to reduce the impact of customer abuse.
Workers often underestimate their ability to bounce back from stress and challenges, but easy self-care steps can help them build confidence and adaptability, a clinical psychologist specialising in trauma-related disorders says.
Australian researchers have identified the types of workers that are least likely to seek help for mental health conditions triggered by psychosocial job stressors, highlighting the need to promote help-seeking behaviours and timely access to services.