In an important decision on a contentious issue, a commission has found a worker was not "absent without pay" when he was off work on workers' comp benefits, and had been entitled to accrue annual and sick leave.
The COVID-19 pandemic and remote working arrangements are exacerbating the significant health and safety risks posed by sickness presenteeism, but they also provide an opportunity to establish cultural norms that encourage workers to take sick leave when they have infectious diseases or other illnesses, organisational psychologists say.
A McDonald's franchisee has been fined $82,000 for the conduct of its managers, who made "sinister" and cruel threats to young workers relating to their WHS right to water and toilet breaks, and the right to take sick leave.
A lawyer exhibited obvious signs of distress from performing three roles and working excessive hours for the Coroners Court of Victoria, yet her managers decided her declining health was unrelated to work, and provided her with little support in her role or while she was on sick leave, an inquiry into her death has found.
An employer's "aggressive" reaction to a worker's public Facebook post, in which he claimed he came into contact with a COVID-19 case at work, was justified and not bullying, the Fair Work Commission has found.
A world-first study has found workers who sustain electrical injuries are more likely than other injured employees to take long-term sick leave, which could be explained by return-to-work processes overlooking the psychological impact of electric shock and burn incidents.
A major government employer's attempt to return an injured worker to full duties was an "abject failure" that caused the man to suffer mental injuries, a tribunal has found. It found the employer misapplied an independent medical examination report in its "unyielding" efforts to deny the man sick leave.
In a case examining the discretionary powers of a relatively new anti-bullying jurisdiction, an employer has failed to block a worker's stop-bullying claim by contending he was medically incapable of returning to work under his supervisor, the alleged bully.