Psychologically injured workers will no longer need to prove their employment was the "major" cause of their injury, while employers will be able to apologise to injured workers without fear of admitting liability, under a 79-page Bill introduced in Queensland.
Employers have been urged to review their leave accrual practices, after a full Federal Court ruled that workers are entitled to 10 calendar days of sick leave per year regardless of the number of hours they normally work on each shift.
A major employer breached a WHS clause in failing to identify and block all hazardous areas of a machine that workers could access, either accidentally or deliberately, and has been fined over a fatality.
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Public sector agencies have been warned against responding to allegations of misconduct with strategies designed to "camouflage poor systems" instead of preventing incidents, after an anti-corruption survey unearthed "shocking" reports of bullying and nepotism.
A worker who developed a debilitating lung condition five months after being exposed to the Hazelwood Mine fire, has been awarded medical expenses and weekly payments because of the short period of time between his exposure and the onset of his condition.