Employers are required to develop return-to-work plans in consultation with injured workers regardless of the severity of their conditions, a regulator has warned after a company was convicted. Meanwhile, a worker has been handed a suspended prison sentence for workers' comp fraud after dozens of boxes of unused prescription drugs were found in his home.
Employers can use screening tools to detect employees at risk of long-term sick leave and quickly return them to work, an analysis of questionnaires for workers and occupational physicians has suggested.
A recent decision involving one state's largest employer has underscored principles limiting an employer's statutory obligations to provide suitable employment to workers with compensable injuries, lawyers say.
A worker medically retired for posing WHS risks has unsuccessfully argued that her fitness for work should be assessed against a "position of suitable duties" set by a workers' comp commission, rather than her pre-injury role.
A worker with a disability's requested adjustments, like receiving all work directions in writing to avoid miscommunication, were "unjustifiable" and in some cases potentially unsafe, despite being recommended by his GP, a court has found.
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An employer has been ordered to pay a psychologically ill worker $160,000, after a court found its decision to dismiss him over "concerns about [his] capacity to return to work" was the same as dismissing him because of his mental disability.
Injured and ill workers should receive the same support regardless of whether their conditions are work- or non-work related, according to the safety, health and wellbeing director of a major employer that overhauled its return-to-work model.