An employer has been ordered to pay a psychologically ill worker $160,000, after a court found its decision to dismiss him over "concerns about [his] capacity to return to work" was the same as dismissing him because of his mental disability.
Workers with passive, undemanding roles are at increased risk of cognitive decline, and employers should attempt to mitigate this and associated issues, like higher absence rates, through clever job design, a decade-long study has found.
The rate of unsuccessful return-to-work attempts has increased significantly in the last two years, with one in five injured workers requiring more than one attempt, a major Safe Work Australia survey has found.
A court has rejected a worker's claim that his employer took adverse action against him by sacking him after he took sick leave, after the employer was able to demonstrate his illness "played no part" in the dismissal.
An Australian study on musculoskeletal disorders has highlighted the need to educate young workers on correct working postures, including how to manage their "postural variations" with different workstations.
From a study spanning 30 years, European researchers have warned that the link between back pain and work disability has been underestimated. They urge the use of interventions that identify recurrent back pain and help sufferers remain in employment.
A supervisor's actions in inviting a mystery support person - a rehabilitation provider - to a meeting with a worker contributed to the worker's psychological injury, and didn't constitute administrative action, a tribunal has found.
Employers are being urged to improve employee motivation and reduce injury rates by becoming signatories to the consensus statement on the Health Benefits of Good Work, as 300-plus organisations have already done. Meanwhile, an airline has won a major Comcare award for slashing injury claims through a new triage service.
Employers can prevent minor workplace conflicts escalating into long-tail injury claims through a psychosocial wellbeing strategy that focuses on resolving issues as quickly and as informally as possible, the Comcare National Conference has heard.