A full bench has found emails sent by an injured worker constituted an application for future compensable surgery, but agreed his claim was blocked by being too vague on the procedure he needed and when.
Laws providing lump sum payments and indefinite weekly benefits to injured workers are likely to be amended in one jurisdiction, with a series of judgments raising concerns over poor drafting and contradictory provisions.
Thousands of asbestos-containing materials are still in place in workplaces and homes and employers that disregard the deadly hazard are being targeted, according to warnings issued for national Asbestos Awareness Week this week. Meanwhile, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency's functions are likely to be expanded under the recommendations of a statutory review tabled in Parliament today.
An Australian employer has unsuccessfully argued that if it is found liable for injuries a worker sustained in a job performed entirely in a foreign country it will be put at a commercial disadvantage, and this cannot be the intent of workers' comp laws.
A worker sacked after a third-party psychological assessment found him unsuitable for his role has been granted access to his testing data and psychologists' notes, in the second of two similar cases in a matter of months.
The employer of two supervisors who were convicted for recklessly attacking an apprentice, has been convicted and fined for failing to address bullying and harassment in its otherwise extensive WHS policies.