A major employer's safety fine has been nearly quadrupled to $110,000, with an appeals court finding its culpability was increased rather than mitigated by the misconduct of a "rogue" supervisor, who seriously injured a non-employee.
A Fair Work Commission full bench has stressed that employers must communicate changes to their drug and alcohol policies, including through training and timely warnings, in upholding the reinstatement of a safety-critical worker who tested positive for cannabis.
A worker sacked for misusing pain medication has been given another chance to overturn his dismissal, after arguing it was wrong to presume his employer did not need to take a rehabilitative approach to his case in the absence of an admission of guilt by him.
A worker's act of using a mobile phone in a stationary vehicle was a "bad look" and contravened road rules, but didn't constitute a major safety breach, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, a safety regulator has urged employers to review their phone usage policies, after two vehicles collided.
Coronavirus controls and restrictions have been stepped up across the country, with exemptions for certain workplaces and workers, while the ACTU's "name and fame" list of businesses providing special paid sick leave to staff is rapidly growing.
A PCBU has been convicted and fined after its work caused a building façade to collapse and materials, scaffolding and powerlines to fall on a major road, at a site where qualified supervisors were absent.
NSW has issued advice on commuting safely to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, while both NSW and Victoria have introduced tough penalties for those who breach new isolation orders, and Western Australia has announced special leave arrangements for public servants affected by the coronavirus, in a bid to maintain safe working environments and reduce the spread of the disease.