Despite the fact that an employer was negligent in the way it managed an injured worker's return-to-work plan, a superior court has confirmed this negligence wasn't the cause of her subsequent anxiety and depressive illness.
The High Court has found a lawyer's tasks were so "inherently and obviously dangerous to the psychiatric health" of employees that her employer, the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, had been duty-bound to proactively implement the protective measures identified in its policies.
An employer and its director have been found vicariously liable for the s-xual harassment and assault of a worker. The director had "flicked through" the employer's anti-harassment guidance, but did little else to address the issue, a tribunal found.
An employer that sat on its hands instead of installing a provided ergonomic seat in an injured worker's vehicle, has been ordered to pay the man nearly $1.5 million in damages for aggravating his condition.
An employer did not have a duty to train an experienced driver on the "idiosyncrasies" of a vehicle under his control, and it was his responsibility to "acquaint himself with, and safely respond to" it functions, an appeals court has found in a runaway vehicle case.
A worker who was required by a major employer to incorporate a company, before falling and sustaining serious injuries at one of the employer's depots, was an "employee" for the purposes of his damages claim, a judge has found.