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.
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.
Employers in the public health system are required by WHS laws to take all rather than just some reasonably practicable steps to stamp out workplace bullying, independent reviewers have stressed in a concerning report on the ACT's health services.
An OHS coordinator has been ordered to pay his former employer $35,000 in legal costs, after a court found he was dismissed for divulging confidential workers' comp data and not, as he claimed, for exercising his workplace right to complain of bullying.
A worker's frustration over his employer's PPE policy and alleged failure to prioritise safety over cost did not excuse his aggressive and intimidating conduct towards his co-workers, a commission has confirmed.