A supervisor who decided a worker was hard to manage and "needed to be dealt with", traumatised and psychologically injured her by intimidating her during a counselling meeting, the Federal Court has confirmed on appeal.
Workers who can mentally and physically detach from work after hours have fewer concentration problems, sleep better and are at lower risk of depression and exhaustion, according to a study on work breaks, which highlights the important role managers play in facilitating this behaviour.
Workplace bullies should be starting to get the message that there are serious consequences for their actions, after yet another bully and his company were convicted and fined for breaching safety laws in acting aggressively towards employees.
A PCBU knew workers from other businesses were removing parts of its scaffold without authorisation but failed to routinely check its integrity, a court has found in fining it $225,000 over a major scaffolding collapse where workers were forced to ride falling material down seven storeys.
A regulator has warned workplace leaders that they have a duty to "live and breathe" their anti-bullying policies, after securing its second reckless conduct conviction involving a life-threatening attack on an apprentice.
The first of four entities charged after a teenage worker died has been fined over a supervisor's failure to tackle non-conformance issues. Meanwhile, a major employer that failed to implement its documented unloading procedures has been fined after a delivery driver was run over by mobile plant - twice.
An employer has been ordered to pay an injured worker $1.4 million in damages, after a court found it was vicariously liable for the acts of an aggressive and physically abusive manager who believed he was appointed to "kick" subordinates "in the head" after an industry downturn.