A major retail company did not breach its duty to provide a manager with a healthy and safe environment free from harassment when his colleagues and a paid entertainer pressured him to sing and dance at a work conference, a court has ruled.
A safety regulator has urged workplace leaders to learn from the first successful prosecution, under the harmonised WHS laws, of an individual for workplace bullying, and revealed it received more than 1,300 calls on psychological risks and bullying in 2019-20. Another regulator says it is targeting unhygienic toilets in a blitz.
With many employers still grappling with concepts around mental health, a safety regulator has identified 11 factors that affect the mental health of workers, and explained how to minimise the related risks.
A union and three officials unlawfully stopped work at a site in response to complaints of bullying against a supervisor, the Federal Court has found. It found the relevant employer had procedures for dealing with such complaints, and the officials "should have known better".
The new allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour by Federal cabinet ministers have underscored the need for employers to recognise that workers might be victims of s-xual harassment even where there are no complaints, according to a senior lecturer in law.
Two managers engaged in some forms of inappropriate behaviour against a worker but these were "limited and minor in nature" and did not constitute workplace bullying creating risks to health and safety, a commission has found.