At least 78 Victorian workers have been diagnosed with potentially deadly lung disease silicosis since the State Government banned certain high-risk work processes and launched a health screening program last year, figures released today show. Meanwhile, the former team manager of an A-League club has alleged he was bullied and injured in the role.
The Fair Work Commission has admonished a large employer's human resources department and recommended it improve its practices, after a worker's stop-bullying application demonstrated the difficulties workers face when HR isn't actively involved in matters like injury management.
A tribunal has rejected an employer's claim that it isn't liable for a worker's psych injury because its inaction on her bullying complaint was reasonable administrative action. The tribunal identified a string of flaws in the employer's response to the complaint.
An employer's "evident and intelligible justification" for performance managing a worker has sunk his claim that his team leader bullied him and harmed his health and wellbeing by undermining his achievements.
A worker whose psychological injury became incapacitating after her employer refused to reclassify her sick leave has been given another chance to seek compensation, in a full Federal Court case examining the application of administrative action exclusions.
Lapses in behaviour standards, misunderstood tone and context and the unintended exclusion of workers relying on electronic interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic can exacerbate psychological injury risks, a senior safety lawyer has warned.
A former Qantas employee allegedly suffered severe psychiatric injuries from being harassed and discriminated against at work for 13 years, and is seeking a total of more than $2 million in damages from the airline and a law firm, according to court documents obtained, through a Federal Court ruling, by OHS Alert publisher Specialist News.
A worker has failed to convince a court that his employer took adverse action against him for having a mental health condition and complaining of bullying, or even that the employer was aware of the extent of his mental health issues.
An employer has been ordered to produce documents, for a psychiatric injury dispute, which could prove a worker was concerned and injured by a manager's inappropriate behaviour well before the worker was subjected to purportedly reasonable disciplinary action.
An adverse action claim lodged by a worker - who was sacked after seeking stop-bullying orders, and before claiming workers' compensation - isn't barred by Federal provisions prohibiting double-dipping, a judge has ruled.