Performance appraisals are formal processes to assess a worker's "overall" performance and don't include employers informally managing specific problems with their work, a tribunal has ruled in an injury dispute.
An injured worker's employment conditions after a council amalgamation, including an increased workload and having to use new software she couldn't get the hang of, did not fall within the meaning of reasonable actions taken with respect to her transfer, a commission has found.
A court has rejected a worker's claim that his employer took adverse action against him by sacking him after he took sick leave, after the employer was able to demonstrate his illness "played no part" in the dismissal.
A worker has been awarded nearly $2 million in damages, after a court found his employer negligently allowed a defective alarm to be left unattended in an office, resulting in him sustaining whiplash injuries when it was accidentally activated.
From a study spanning 30 years, European researchers have warned that the link between back pain and work disability has been underestimated. They urge the use of interventions that identify recurrent back pain and help sufferers remain in employment.
Open plan offices can be detrimental to workers' health and wellbeing and make them prone to bullying, according to an organisational psychologist. She urges employers rolling out such arrangements to "do it right".
Computer programs that prompt sedentary workers to take a "movement break" lower workers' blood pressure, and are especially beneficial for those who can't or don't exercise enough, Australian researchers say.