NSW Labor says it will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, double SafeWork's compliance functions and make it harder for employers to conduct covert surveillance of injured workers, if it wins this weekend's State election.
A worker with a long-term injury has won her bid for contract work, which her employer stopped assigning her after 13 years, through workers' comp provisions requiring employers to provide incapacitated workers with suitable employment.
Ensuring injured workers are aware from the moment they're injured that suitable duties will be available to them, is a key strategy in a successful return-to-work plan, according to the RTW advisor of a national employer.
Workers in pain can go down one of two paths, and employers need to "control the context" around the pain early after an injury to ensure it doesn't lead to unnecessary treatments and surgeries and long-term workers' comp claims, a workplace physiotherapist says.
The biggest challenge for Australia's workers' comp schemes is making them work with the "reality" that an injured worker's return to work is a psychosocial rather than biomedical phenomenon, a national conference heard today.
Employers are required to develop return-to-work plans in consultation with injured workers regardless of the severity of their conditions, a regulator has warned after a company was convicted. Meanwhile, a worker has been handed a suspended prison sentence for workers' comp fraud after dozens of boxes of unused prescription drugs were found in his home.
Employers can use screening tools to detect employees at risk of long-term sick leave and quickly return them to work, an analysis of questionnaires for workers and occupational physicians has suggested.