A regulator has warned that union officials must hold valid right-of-entry permits when entering sites under provisions for "resolving" WHS matters, after the High Court blocked an appeal on the issue.
After years of "almost farcical" proceedings, a judge has set a date for determining a worker's claim he was relentlessly bullied and tormented at his Canberra workplace, which was the subject of a major WHS probe and scathing findings.
An employer has been ordered to reinstate and compensate a worker it sacked for breaching one of its seven "safehaven" rules. The employer was unable to explain why the man was punished more severely than two employees involved in a "far more serious safety incident", a commission found.
A consulate has been ordered to pay two workers lost wages and will face pecuniary penalties, for refusing to renew their employment contracts after they applied to the Fair Work Commission for stop-bullying orders.
Workplace bullying victims' own actions need to be considered when determining whether there is a risk of ongoing bullying for the purposes of stop-bullying applications, a commission has highlighted in making draft orders for a major employer to transfer an applicant.
A commission has rejected a worker's claim she should not have been dismissed for punching a colleague in the face, shortly after her shift ended, because they were close friends discussing personal matters at the time of the altercation.
The Department of Defence has been fined $350,000 for failing to implement simple safety measures that could have prevented a worker's leg amputation, while a company has been fined $150,000 after a work vehicle with incorrect load-capacity signage crashed.