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Tackling fatigue and maintaining boundaries under COVID-driven work changes

New ways of working are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing opportunities to improve workers' work-life balance and fatigue levels, but they must be provided with the skills to match the evolved workplace, an ex-US military sleep researcher says.


COVID-19 exacerbating presenteeism, but will drive positive organisational changes

The COVID-19 pandemic and remote working arrangements are exacerbating the significant health and safety risks posed by sickness presenteeism, but they also provide an opportunity to establish cultural norms that encourage workers to take sick leave when they have infectious diseases or other illnesses, organisational psychologists say.


Workplace therapy program with high recovery rate extended to 120,000 workers

Comcare will roll out a low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy program to up to 120,000 Commonwealth employees over the next two years, while continuing to provide mental health first-aid training to its own workers, its 2019-20 annual report shows.


Postpartum risks reduced by trained supervisors

Work issues can increase the risk of pregnant workers going on to experience postpartum depression, and employers are being urged to train up "family-supportive supervisors" to support work-life balance and returning to work after maternity leave.


Safety personnel told to seize work-redesign opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic and changes forced on employers have given safety professionals a unique opportunity to redesign work practices to eliminate sources of harm, Australian occupational health experts say. Meanwhile, Victoria has extended its state of disaster for COVID-19.


Working-from-home safety provisions proposed by FWC

Employers will be permitted to direct employees to perform duties at home or another place outside of the usual workplace providing that place is safe and appropriate, under a draft model flexibility schedule driven by the risk of further COVID-19 outbreaks.


Beware "self-exploitative" remote work during pandemic

Workers working remotely because of COVID-19 or other reasons are more likely to engage in self-endangering behaviours like working while ill, according to researchers, who say employees need self-management training.


COVID-19 transition plans; Injury dispute Bill; and more

  • COVID-19 transition plans must cover WHS and critical functions;
  • ACT seeks to boost workers' mental health in pandemic; and
  • NSW introduces Bill for new work injury dispute system.

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