An award provision capping shift numbers was designed to protect the safety of workers, and prohibits split shifts from being assigned to both full- and part-time employees, the Federal Court has ruled in an ongoing dispute.
Employers need to put in place far more comprehensive management plans for handling mental health emergencies in FIFO workplaces, according to one of 18 recommendations from a major new study on the mental health of FIFO workers.
Workers with passive, undemanding roles are at increased risk of cognitive decline, and employers should attempt to mitigate this and associated issues, like higher absence rates, through clever job design, a decade-long study has found.
An employer supported the mental wellbeing of its workforce and reduced injuries, as it tripled in size over 18 months, by sharing funny but serious video "chats" that improved workplace relationships.
The Fair Work Commission has ordered an oil and gas producer to provide two unions with the terms of reference of an internal review into whether recent staff changes could affect its safety standards and increase workers' fatigue.
A commission full bench has rejected a sacked health and safety representative's claim that posting unverified and incorrect information on a safety-related shutdown on Facebook was not a serious matter warranting dismissal.
A draft Code of Practice on protecting the mental health of fly-in-fly-out workers has been amended to reflect the reporting requirements of WHS laws, clarify that it is useful for multiple industries and include the internationally recognised definition of mental health.
An employer breached its duty of care to a worker attacked in its open car park at night in failing to instruct staff on what to do if they came across suspicious people on the premises, an appeals court has confirmed.
Night-shift workers are at double the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, highlighting the need for early screening for metabolic disturbances, according to researchers.