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.
One of the first unfair dismissal cases involving a worker's refusal to have a flu vaccination has been decided in an employer's favour, with the Fair Work Commission finding the employer's pandemic-inspired mandatory vaccine policy is lawful and reasonable.
An industrial commissioner wrongly relied on a worker's pre-employment medical report to determine whether he suffered from an impairing skin rash, but he was not subjected to discrimination when he was dismissed for putting his hands down his shorts at work, a judge has ruled.
An employer has been found liable for a worker's psych injury because it "blindsided" him with a redundancy meeting shortly after he returned to work from long-term sick leave, during which he was induced to believe his job was secure.
An employer has been ordered to reinstate and compensate a worker it sacked for breaching one of its seven "safehaven" rules. The employer was unable to explain why the man was punished more severely than two employees involved in a "far more serious safety incident", a commission found.
A consulate has been ordered to pay two workers lost wages and will face pecuniary penalties, for refusing to renew their employment contracts after they applied to the Fair Work Commission for stop-bullying orders.
A commission has rejected a worker's claim she should not have been dismissed for punching a colleague in the face, shortly after her shift ended, because they were close friends discussing personal matters at the time of the altercation.