Employers have a high degree of responsibility to prevent foreseeable risks arising from criminal conduct by third parties, a court has highlighted in awarding nearly $300,000 in damages to a worker who developed psychological injuries after an attempted robbery.
A superior court has ruled out a worker's difficult and demanding role and ongoing issues with a supervisor's management style as causes of her debilitating psychological injury, but upheld her appeal against an assault finding.
The employer of two supervisors who were convicted for recklessly attacking an apprentice, has been convicted and fined for failing to address bullying and harassment in its otherwise extensive WHS policies.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a worker who punched a supervisor in the face at a Christmas party, after rejecting his argument that he was unaware the event was a work function and hence his conduct was not connected to his employment.
A commission has upheld a WHS inspector's prohibition notice for an employer not to remove a staff counter she believes acts as a barrier to occupational violence, and agreed with her that workers' safety trumps improving the "therapeutic environment".
Workers who disclose being victims of domestic violence don't need their managers to solve their problems, just an "empathetic ear" and prompt access to family and domestic violence leave, according to the director of a not-for-profit that supports female workers.