With public health restrictions set to ease in NSW and Victoria under COVID-19 vaccine rules, and recent regulatory action and a workers' comp ruling highlighting obligations around infections, employers need to determine whether to mandate or just encourage workforce vaccinations, a senior employment lawyer says.
The Qantas Group has highlighted its duty to provide the "safest possible environment" to its employees, and the fact that a single worker can come into contact with thousands of people in a single day, in announcing a two-part COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its workforce.
Employer SPC has hit back at claims it failed to consult workers on its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination regime, stressing the mandate is a "business decision" to ensure the health and safety of staff and others.
More than half of Australia's frontline workers are suffering burnout from COVID-19, with triggers including inadequate PPE and confusing organisational communication, a major study that makes eight recommendations has found.
Ill-considered decisions on the COVID-19 vaccination, and on whether it should be mandatory for workers, could result in employers facing costly discrimination, harassment and bullying claims, a leading workplace advisor has warned.
A significant proportion of NSW workers believe they are mentally unwell, over-worked and under constant pressure to perform, a landmark study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on worker mental health has found.
Sitting down with workers to hear their experiences of psychosocial hazards, and what they want done about them, is a critical part of minimising physical and psychological harm, according to a senior safety inspector.