Presumptive workers' compensation for first responders with PTSD and other psychological injuries will be harmonised across all Australian jurisdictions, presuming COAG agrees on recommendations from a national inquiry.
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.
S-xism in the workplace harms workers' mental health, but interventions that make them feel like they belong in an organisation can reduce the impact, according to Australian researchers, who stress that the ultimate goal is preventing s-xism, not just its effects.
An employer's actions in transferring a worker to another state caused him to lose substantial allowances and likely caused his psychiatric injury, but the employer isn't liable for the condition, a tribunal has found.
An employer has unsuccessfully argued that it isn't liable for a burnt-out worker's psychological injury because it was caused by his personality traits, including a strong work ethic and high standards.
The Fair Work Commission has expressed concern over a supermarket giant's oversight of inappropriate conduct in its stores, in an unfair dismissal case involving a worker who s-xually harassed a number of young co-workers.
"Paper policies" really can transform workplace cultures and reduce s-xual harassment, but WHS laws must be amended to explicitly mandate proactive harassment prevention and complaint mechanisms, according to leading business academics.
A union official recently accused of hindering a WHS inspector in Queensland has been charged with doing the same thing in another jurisdiction, while two of his colleagues have been charged with misleadingly telling workers they were entitled, by WHS laws, to leave an "unsafe" site on full pay.