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.
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.
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.
Australian PCBUs tend to focus heavily on the "real and imagined" hazards posed by workers with mental illness, while being "almost indifferent" to how these workers are psychologically impacted by discriminatory and poorly designed work systems, according to a leading disability rights and industrial relations academic.