The Fair Work Commission has ordered the managing director of a company - issued three bullying-related WHS improvement notices - not to use his lawyers to communicate with a worker, in a suite of stop-bullying orders that clarify the worker's role and who can discipline her.
In an undecided case highlighting the risk of conflict between company functions, a workers' comp manager has claimed her employer took adverse action against her for making complaints about its national health and safety manager.
Employers providing workers with mindfulness training to combat stress need to ensure leaders are also accessing the program, to get the most out of their investment, icare says. The insurer has also identified a number of steps employers can take to reduce the impact of customer abuse.
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".
An employer has been found vicariously liable for a "favoured" employee's s-xual assault of another worker after she collapsed at work, because it failed to take steps to prevent the incident within the meaning of equal opportunity laws.
More than 100 individuals and organisations have jointly called for an anti-s-xual harassment jurisdiction in the Fair Work Commission, in a five-point action plan presented to the national inquiry into the issue. Meanwhile, the inquiry has heard that young female lawyers are particularly vulnerable to harassment.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissals of a worker who sent a "Snapchat" of his p-nis to a colleague, and another who smoked outside a designated area. It has also ordered an employer to pay nearly $70,000 to a worker who was dismissed for a single line of abuse to a contractor.
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.