A psychologically injured worker's employer did not take unreasonable administrative action against him by declining to return him to work after an incident, but rather was acting out of concern for the welfare of his supervisor and colleagues, a tribunal has found.
A company breached the National Employment Standards by failing to a pay a worker for the annual leave he accrued while receiving workers' compensation, a judge has ruled after examining an appellate-level decision and injury provisions from two jurisdictions.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of a long-term employee for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine, commending his employer's "difficult to fault" support of his safety concerns. Meanwhile, a worker has lost her bid to be paid sick leave while stood down for not being vaccinated.
A company that did not have a process to help workers raise concerns over inappropriate behaviour has been fined for safety offences, after its director bullied an injured worker through aggressive text messages and an unannounced visit to her home. In another case, a director has been fined for reversing a forklift into one of his employees.
In the latest development in the notorious Sydney Water Corporation WHS poster case, the Fair Work Commission has found the employer's "inept" management of the worker while she was ill, and its "marked indifference" to the serious poster incident, forced the worker to resign.
Australian researchers have found pandemic-era working arrangements are helping workers manage the work impacts of a serious health condition that affects many women and costs billions of dollars in lost productivity.
A worker dismissed after being on sick leave for 16 months, after a safety stoush, has unsuccessfully claimed her employer had been obligated to send her for an independent medical examination (IME) to ascertain her capacity.