A plan to allow workers in a hazardous industry to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status through a "green tick approach" would be too susceptible to human error and could have "catastrophic" WHS consequences, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, Tasmania has applied its close contact exemptions to more sectors.
A Fair Work Commission full bench has upheld an order to reinstate a worker who breached his employer's new mobile phone rules, dismissing the employer's claim a commissioner failed to consider the safety risks created by the breach.
An important ruling on the WHS consultation duties around COVID-19 vaccines, several reckless conduct cases and a string of legislative developments were among the safety and workers' comp highlights of the final quarter of 2021. Read this article for everything you need to know from the past three months.
A commission has upheld the dismissal of a worker for refusing to get regular flu shots. The man claimed his employer's vaccine directions involved unlawful coercion, and it should have agreed to pay him millions of dollars in compensation for any adverse effects from vaccines or masks.
Pervasive wellbeing myths that block employers from improving their workers' wellbeing, and can waste time and money, include that paid mental health leave "cures" burnout, and wellbeing apps can replace social support, a new report has warned.
The controversial plan to reduce age limits for forklift drivers and ease other licensing requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has served as an important reminder, to employers, on the risks associated with forklifts and in the country's "deadliest industry".
A worker has unsuccessfully claimed his employer unreasonably withheld work from him after he recovered from a back injury and this caused his psychological condition. A tribunal found the "recertification" process that troubled the worker was "not work-related.
With the Omicron outbreak likely to delay return-to-office plans for many businesses around Australia, employers should heed the findings of a new study on the physical toll that working from home can have on workers' bodies, and the need for preventive action.
A tribunal has highlighted an employer's efforts to accommodate a worker's ergonomic concerns and make workplace adjustments for him based on medical recommendations, in rejecting his claim that data entry work caused compensable "writer's cramp" and carpal tunnel syndrome.