A worker's psychiatric injury from being s-xually harassed by a colleague at a social club Christmas party was work-related, because the employer allowed other workers to cover for them so they could attend the function, a commission has found.
The Fair Work Commission has rejected three workers' bids for "oppressive" interim stop-bullying orders blocking disciplinary action against them, while a full bench has upheld the reinstatement of a worker sacked for her drunken behaviour at a client's premises.
A full Federal Court has dismissed an appeal from a worker - whose injury dispute helped reform the administrative action test - against a finding that her injury arose from a performance appraisal and wasn't compensable.
A superior court has quashed a finding that a worker's psychiatric injury from being harassed by a supervisor at a train station isn't work-related because it occurred outside the workplace and after hours.
A $170,000 s-xual harassment case has demonstrated that the conduct of workers who view themselves as merely pursuing a romantic relationship with a colleague can be "deeply distressing" and harmful, even if it isn't "crude, vulgar or lascivious".
A supervisor whose purported "brain fade" exposed a teenage apprentice to the risk of serious burns and death, in a case of "high jinks gone wrong", has been convicted and fined for the most serious WHS offence of reckless conduct.
The World Health Organisation has redefined "burnout" as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that hasn't been successfully managed, and warned that poor work safety policies and inflexible hours can create or exacerbate the condition.