The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a worker who punched a supervisor in the face at a Christmas party, after rejecting his argument that he was unaware the event was a work function and hence his conduct was not connected to his employment.
A commission has upheld a WHS inspector's prohibition notice for an employer not to remove a staff counter she believes acts as a barrier to occupational violence, and agreed with her that workers' safety trumps improving the "therapeutic environment".
Workers who disclose being victims of domestic violence don't need their managers to solve their problems, just an "empathetic ear" and prompt access to family and domestic violence leave, according to the director of a not-for-profit that supports female workers.
A worker who was fatally attacked by her de facto partner while she was "on call" at home was killed in the course of her employment, a commission president has found in upholding a death benefits award.
An employer has been ordered to pay an injured worker $1.4 million in damages, after a court found it was vicariously liable for the acts of an aggressive and physically abusive manager who believed he was appointed to "kick" subordinates "in the head" after an industry downturn.
Workers with injuries caused by workplace violence are at high risk of psychological distress and need different forms of workplace support than workers injured in other ways, a Canadian study of Australian incidents has found.