A company that paid a "contractor" an hourly rate could be held liable for his heart attack death, with a tribunal finding the man's past business patterns and work with other companies are not determinative of whether he was a "worker" when he died.
An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to an apprentice who was injured slipping over, in a case highlighting the importance of ensuring workers routinely inspect and clean surfaces, including those under movable equipment.
Performance appraisals are formal processes to assess a worker's "overall" performance and don't include employers informally managing specific problems with their work, a tribunal has ruled in an injury dispute.
An appeals court has rejected claims that a knee replacement isn't a compensable "artificial aid" because it involves interfering with the body and doesn't involve an object that is "complete in itself", like a crutch or hearing aid.
An injured worker's employment conditions after a council amalgamation, including an increased workload and having to use new software she couldn't get the hang of, did not fall within the meaning of reasonable actions taken with respect to her transfer, a commission has found.