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Wilful misrepresentation claim against injury fails

An employer's efforts to block an injured worker's access to compensation irrelevantly "verged on seeking to identify a contribution by [the worker] to his circumstances", a tribunal has ruled.


New employer obligations included in draft injury Bill

More than seven years after a major review triggered the drafting process for new workers' comp laws in Western Australia, a Bill has finally been released for comment. It includes new requirements for labour-hire arrangements and pre-employment screening, and extends the step-down period for injured workers' payments.


New "definition" of "safe system of work" proposed

Preventing psychological harm and facilitating return-to-work processes are key components of an effective, integrated "safe system of work", according to a new definition proposed by two Australian safety experts.


"Light" duties cause further harm, worker wins $700k

An employer that directed a worker to move hundreds of boxes, and then assigned him what it wrongly believed to be light duties after he became injured, has been ordered to pay him more than $700,000 in damages for his incapacitating neck and shoulder injuries.


RTW plan was reasonable, despite perception of flaws

A worker has unsuccessfully claimed her employer unreasonably rejected her "return to work conditions" aimed at protecting her from the "semi-hostile" workplace, making it liable for her psychological injury.


Permanent incapacity, not bullying, behind dismissal

A worker who contends he was left to languish after he developed psych injuries, from being bullied, has failed to prove his employer unlawfully dismissed him for making a workers' comp claim.


Four steps to a robust psychological safety system

WHS regulators have ramped up their focus on psychological safety, but with the recent onslaught of information on the issue employers are unsure about the first steps to take, according to a workplace wellbeing expert, who lays out the four key areas for preventing psych injuries.

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