A worker who suffered incapacitating back pain while walking at work has unsuccessfully argued, in an appeals court, that his employment should be characterised as "the" major cause of his condition in the absence of another identified major cause.
A major employer has escaped liability for a worker's psychological injury, for now, by outlining to a tribunal the steps it allegedly took to protect her health after realising her workload was "probably excessive".
In an unusual case, a worker has been denied workers' compensation after a tribunal found his injury probably resulted from serious and wilful misconduct, with his employer asserting he cut his own finger to get out of a jail sentence.
A superior court has confirmed an employer isn't liable for an "injury" sustained by a worker while walking at work, but stressed that the man's claim wasn't defeated by the boxes his doctor did or didn't tick on his medical certificate.
A worker's actions in "counselling" and psychologically injuring a colleague cannot be considered reasonable action "taken by an employer" unless the worker's role involves managing and disciplining the colleague, a tribunal has ruled.