A worker's frustration over his employer's PPE policy and alleged failure to prioritise safety over cost did not excuse his aggressive and intimidating conduct towards his co-workers, a commission has confirmed.
An impending psychiatric examination of a worker accused of bullying has been ordered to consider a report from a barrister engaged by his employer, which could trigger disciplinary action against the worker.
A worker whose long-running fight for compensation helped reshape the administrative action test, in favour of injured workers, is unlikely to enjoy the spoils of war, with a tribunal rejecting her claim for depression and anxiety.
Making unwelcomed changes to a worker's roster, which "tipped her over the edge", constituted management action, but she was not excluded from workers' compensation because the change was not the sole or predominant cause of her mental injury, a court has ruled.
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.
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.
In a case showing that managers don't need to apply every disciplinary procedure to every meeting on a contentious issue, a worker has been denied compensation for injuries purportedly arising from accusations of fraud.
A psychologically injured worker has unsuccessfully argued that a tense meeting with his supervisor wasn't administrative action because the planned performance appraisal never occurred. In another case, the Federal Court has found that a tribunal misapplied the admin action test.
A recent High Court judgment in an anti-discrimination case does not bar the determination of an interstate worker's injury claim, a tribunal has ruled. However, it rejected the worker's bid for weekly benefits for PTSD arising from bullying and racial discrimination.
A coroner has condemned an employer's actions in demoting a worker struggling with mental illness, instead of seeking to accommodate her condition as required by its procedures and anti-discrimination laws, in an inquest into the worker's suicide.