Employers are increasingly scrutinising workers' out-of-hours conduct, but must ensure any resulting disciplinary measures aren't excessive, a commissioner has stressed in ordering the reinstatement of a worker who got drunk and vomited at a client's function.
A Qantas worker has, for the second time, failed to overturn his dismissal for "unintentionally" downing 14 standard drinks at a bar and collapsing before a shift, with a Fair Work Commission full bench finding intention is not a necessary element of misconduct warranting dismissal.
A new book focusing on stress, burnout and the high suicide rate among veterinarians has outlined a seven-module "coping and wellbeing program", which includes important lessons for all time-poor or socially isolated workers.
In a case prompting renewed calls for industrial manslaughter laws, a PCBU that failed to comply with its own safety management manual or apply available controls has been convicted over a death, while another employer has been fined over a painter's fatal fall.
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.
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