A senior insurance lawyer has outlined increasingly common work-from-home scenarios that can lead to psychological injury or harassment claims, and how managers can avoid them through "human-centred soft skills".
The growing "megatrend" of adopting robotics and automated systems will improve workplace safety, but could have the unintended effect of eroding workers' ability to deal with hazards, a CSIRO analyst has warned conference delegates.
Performance appraisals are formal processes to assess a worker's "overall" performance and don't include employers informally managing specific problems with their work, a tribunal has ruled in an injury dispute.
An injured worker's employment conditions after a council amalgamation, including an increased workload and having to use new software she couldn't get the hang of, did not fall within the meaning of reasonable actions taken with respect to her transfer, a commission 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.
A worker has been awarded nearly $2 million in damages, after a court found his employer negligently allowed a defective alarm to be left unattended in an office, resulting in him sustaining whiplash injuries when it was accidentally activated.