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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.


Blanket vaccine mandates, stop-bullying-and-harassment orders and other measures introduced

In a busy two days in the west, the State Government has mandated COVID-19 vaccines for most workers, extended emergency safety measures for the pandemic, introduced a major IR Bill with protections for bullied and s-xually harassed workers, and established a compensation scheme for medically retired police.


Safety climate boost needed for workers at risk of abuse

A strong workplace psychosocial safety climate can reduce the psychological demands on migrant and refugee workers, who are at high risk of abuse and harassment in workplaces, leading Australian safety researchers say.


Gastric surgery deemed non-compensable after bullying

An employer has been found not liable to pay for a psychologically injured worker's gastric sleeve surgery, which she claimed she obtained to control her diabetes after work stressors caused her blood sugar level to double.


COVID study identifies WHS gaps in flexible work

A pandemic-era study has shown that workers' experiences with flexible work have been "very positive", with benefits to wellbeing, while highlighting gaps in WHS support for these workers. It has identified seven elements that support safe flexible work.


WHS case continues after rulings on conjunction, video

In an ongoing case involving a fatal fall, and an alleged failure to enforce a system requiring vehicles to be unloaded from the ground, a court has rejected a PCBU's claims that the prosecutor's repeated use of the conjunction "and/or" unfairly affected its defence.


Irony heaped upon irony in unfair treatment of HSR: FWC

A major employer has been ordered to reinstate a health and safety representative dismissed for swearing at his supervisor over a controversial safety issue, and slammed for its inaction on mental health.


WHS prosecutions flagged for psychosocial breaches

A WHS regulator has committed to utilising all its compliance tools, including statutory notices and prosecutions, under a new three-year plan to tackle psychological risks and hazards.

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