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.
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 BHP company has been criticised, by a commission, for seeking to "bundle" issues to "have enough material" to sack a worker who complained about safety matters. But the dismissal was ultimately upheld over a solitary but significant safety breach.
A commission has rejected an employer's claims that reinstating a worker to his safety critical role, after it unfairly dismissed him for engaging in an altercation with a member of the public not wearing a face mask, was inappropriate because of the negative impact this could have on his mental health.
A commission has rejected a "frightened elderly" worker's claim she was unfairly dismissed after pointing a pair of industrial scissors at a co-worker. She claimed she was provoked and reacted instinctively with a "fight or flight" response.
An entry permit holder's compliance with a site's directions and requests serves its own critical safety function, the Federal Court has stressed in imposing record entry fines on a union and six officials.
A commission has overturned a worker's dismissal, and awarded him 21 weeks' wages, after finding his employer unfairly sacked him for his first safety breach in its efforts to draw "a line in the sand" with its new mobile phone use policy.