Browsing: Absenteeism/sick leave


FWC rejects long-term absent worker's IME claims

A worker dismissed after being on sick leave for 16 months, after a safety stoush, has unsuccessfully claimed her employer had been obligated to send her for an independent medical examination (IME) to ascertain her capacity.


Leave-accusations meeting caused psychiatric impairment

A major employer should have given a worker more time to prepare for a disciplinary meeting and possibly rectify his transgressions, a commission has ruled in finding the purportedly "casual" meeting was unreasonable action that wholly or predominately caused his debilitating psych injury.


Beware purchased medical certificates; and more

  • Beware medical certificate subscriptions;
  • Workplace control measures for lung diseases must be reviewed: SWA; and
  • Fit-testing breaches creating serious asbestos risks.

Employer slammed by FWC for "dropping" injured worker

A commission has ordered a large employer to compensate a worker it dropped "like a hot potato" as soon his workers' comp entitlements ceased, blasting its "disappointing and disturbing" failure to inform itself of its obligations to workers who can't work because of injury or illness.


Outdated anti-bullying policies highlighted in FWC case

The Fair Work Commission has given the parties to a stop-bullying application the choice of two "pathways", after hearing an employer with an outdated anti-bullying policy reacted to a worker's complaints with a threatening "my way or the highway" directive.


Employer not required to cover injured worker indefinitely

A commission has rejected an incapacitated worker's claim that his well-resourced employer should have covered his long-term absence with temporary staff while he recovered from his injuries, instead of dismissing him.


SPC mandates COVID vaccines, others urged to follow suit

All workers including contractors will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter SPC sites, under a safety scheme involving paid leave, the packaged fruit manufacturer has announced in an Australian first.


Providing proper breaks prevents injuries: unique study

A study of nearly 3,000 workers has found that the slack provision of employment standards for break lengths and other entitlements increases the risk of injuries and illnesses, and the problem is significantly exacerbated by inadequate safety controls.

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