Browsing: Remote work


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.


Murder inquest makes work safety recommendations

Laws and strategies created to protect remote health workers from violence, prompted by the murder of South Australian remote-area nurse Gayle Woodford, could be strengthened, with a coronial inquest identifying several concerning omissions.


Q&A with Bulla: WHS in the wake of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted to a major employer the importance of supporting workers' holistic wellbeing, which will inform its approach to health and safety in the years to come, according to its general manager of people and culture.


Worksite upgrades ordered for anti-alcohol plans

A major employer's proposed alcohol restrictions for remote locations are unlikely to endanger workers' mental health, but the company should consult with unions on alternative measures before implementing the rules, the Fair Work Commission has found.


"Journey" judgment reversed in favour of injured worker

A worker's eight-hour injury-causing drive at the start of his working week was not an ordinary journey from his place of abode to his place of employment, an appeals commission has ruled in finding he was injured in the course of his employment.


COVID having worse impact on seasoned remote workers

Employers' health interventions for workers working remotely for the pandemic should not neglect those who already worked from home regularly, and appear to be struggling the most from changes to their routine, researchers say.


Pre-lockdown work limits restored; Bill passes; and more

  • Pre-lockdown work restrictions restored, with amendments;
  • Automatic mental injury payments pass Vic Parliament; and
  • OHS bans extended to prevent regulatory gap.

Case study: COVID chatbot answers 60,000 questions

A multinational company's COVID-19-era virtual platforms, including a COVID chatbot that has fielded 60,000 safety questions from workers, have been earmarked for post-pandemic applications.


Dog-walking injury satisfies Hatzimanolis, PVYW test

A worker who was on "availability duty" when he broke his leg, while walking his dog, was injured in the course of his employment, a tribunal has ruled, finding his employer's interpretation of the High Court test for interval injuries was too narrow.

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