A full Federal Court has upheld a decision to reduce the maximum accident pay period in a modern award, from 78 to 52 weeks, based on improving safety standards and falling lost-time injury frequency rates.
A full Federal Court has dismissed an appeal from a worker - whose injury dispute helped reform the administrative action test - against a finding that her injury arose from a performance appraisal and wasn't compensable.
A $170,000 s-xual harassment case has demonstrated that the conduct of workers who view themselves as merely pursuing a romantic relationship with a colleague can be "deeply distressing" and harmful, even if it isn't "crude, vulgar or lascivious".
Injuries resulting from or aggravated by battling for workers' compensation are not compensable, a tribunal has reiterated in a dispute arising from a worker's noisy and cramped working conditions more than two decades ago.
A worker was acting in her capacity as a member of the public when she was injured helping a pedestrian while outside her workplace on a coffee break, a tribunal has found in ruling her injury was unrelated to work.
A tribunal has affirmed that dissatisfaction with employer-provided rehabilitation programs does not excuse the failure of injured workers to comply with them, in denying a "resistant" worker a new program with her preferred hours.
A tribunal has rejected claims that surgery severed the causal relationship between a worker's employment and her carpal tunnel syndrome, and stressed that her overseas move didn't void her former employer's rehabilitation obligations to her.
An injured worker has been denied the ongoing costs of chiropractic treatments she has received for more than 30 years, after a tribunal found they were passive treatments that did not achieve measurable benefits.
An employer has been permitted to recover more than half of a $320,000 settlement paid to the widow of a worker who died of skin cancer, in a Federal Court case examining shared liability provisions and the meaning of compensation.