Federal parliamentarians and parliamentary workplace staff will be better protected from s-xual assault, harassment, bullying and other WHS risks through a new complaints mechanism, being established under a legislative instrument.
An employer has lost its bid for orders preventing "safety meetings" constituting unlawful industrial action over a worker's injury compensation claim, with a commission dismissing its contention that future action is planned, and highlighting the possible ramifications for workers of such orders.
The Federal, state and territory governments have been told to enact greater oversight of the WHS duty to provide resources for workers exposed to heat, and urgently review regulatory frameworks to ensure workers are protected against emerging risks from climate change.
A white-collar worker has unsuccessfully challenged her dismissal for refusing to provide a urine sample for a drug and alcohol test for "personal medical reasons", with a commission stressing that office-based staff aren't "immune" from drug-related injury risks.
A tribunal has rejected a worker's claim that he developed a back injury from prolonged workplace sitting. The worker contended his case was supported by his employer's safety documents on sedentary risks, and a failure to provide him with an adjustable desk in a timely manner.
Three new tiers of support for workers in distress, and other employees of a major government organisation, have yielded hundreds of interactions steering participants towards better mental health, a conference has heard.
The struggle of workers to "decode" written communications, which are prolific in remote-work set-ups, is triggering a hunter-gatherer survival mechanism and perceptions of being bullied, a senior WHS researcher says.
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirements are being applied to more sectors in Victoria, under a plan in which unvaccinated people will be "left behind". Another jurisdiction has announced Australia's "strongest vaccination plan" for workers, while the National Cabinet has agreed to integrate immunisation histories into check-in apps.