The Fair Work Commission has rejected three workers' bids for "oppressive" interim stop-bullying orders blocking disciplinary action against them, while a full bench has upheld the reinstatement of a worker sacked for her drunken behaviour at a client's premises.
A coronial inquest into a double fatality involving methamphetamine, and related proceedings against three companies and six individuals, have sent strong reminders on both the reach of chain-of-responsibility laws in the heavy vehicle sector and the fact that they're being policed.
A victim of workplace racism has been awarded $75,000 under a settlement that allows him to pursue further compensation for a psychiatric injury. Meanwhile, an employment lawyer has examined the impact that softening cannabis laws might have on workplace drug policies.
A coronial inquest into the death of a worker addicted to the opioid oxycodone, prescribed for an ankle injury, has heard the treatment of chronic pain should focus on patients' mental health rather than "numbing" their symptoms.
Canadian work health experts have joined the growing list of researchers warning that prescribing opioids for work-related injuries can lead to serious harm and protracted claims, and should be avoided.
A major report, prompted by a public health emergency declared by US President Donald Trump, has found a high proportion of injured workers are prescribed opioids, often unnecessarily, exposing them to the risk of addiction within days of use and driving up employers' workers' comp costs.