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.
Employers need to put in place far more comprehensive management plans for handling mental health emergencies in FIFO workplaces, according to one of 18 recommendations from a major new study on the mental health of FIFO workers.
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.
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.
Victoria will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, Australia's highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million, and special workers' comp benefits for emergency workers, after Labor retained power in Saturday's State election.
The role of employers in improving mental health is likely to be transformed under recommendations from a Productivity Commission inquiry, with the Federal Government today confirming this as a key focus of the investigation.
Moving or transferring workers away from their alleged bullies to avoid Fair Work Commission stop-bullying orders can cause them mental harm and have serious ramifications for the employer, a leading lawyer and academic warns.