Browsing: Coronavirus, COVID-19


1,222 COVID claims lodged, many for mental injuries

Safe Work Australia's latest "snapshot" of COVID-19-related workers' compensation claims shows that while a quarter of all COVID claims are for psychological issues, nearly all of the claims in one industry involve mental health.


Vital work protections dropped from COVID order: SDA

The NSW Government's decision to ease face mask rules under its temporary COVID-19 restrictions is exposing frontline workers to unnecessary health and safety risks, a union has warned in calling for people to ignore the change and continue wearing masks.


Workplace COVID restrictions made in NSW and WA

Face masks will be compulsory on public transport and in certain workplaces under COVID-19 restrictions announced for NSW today. Meanwhile, the Western Australian Government has introduced a Bill extending measures and 10-year jail terms aimed at protecting frontline workers from the pandemic.


COVID-19: expensive workplace screening tool popular but ineffective, cheap tool works

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to devastate India and other parts of the world, and Australia's vaccine rollout encountering difficulties, workplace pandemic controls and screening are as important as ever. Two new studies have found simple "active" olfactory tests of workers are highly effective, but temperature checks border on useless.


Workplace app boosts wellbeing in midst of COVID crisis

A cheap "ambulatory" psychological health intervention provided to frontline workers, in a region hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted participants' positive emotions within minutes, helping them cope with distressing situations, a study has found.


Working from home improves wellbeing - for some

A comprehensive study on the impact of a COVID-19 lockdown in Europe shows that while working from home is associated with quality-of-life improvements in some groups, its benefits are not shared by everybody, and it is likely to have a negative impact on productivity.


FWC upholds dismissal over vaccine refusal

In a timely decision involving employer-mandated vaccinations, the Fair Work Commission has upheld a national employer's dismissal of a worker for refusing a flu jab.

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