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An injured worker has been jailed for 16 months for fraudulently obtaining $112,000 by claiming she was wheelchair-bound and needed 24-hour care.
Rita Mercuri, 44, of Epping, Melbourne, pleaded guilty in Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court last August to one count of fraudulently obtaining weekly compensation payments and seven of providing false information.
A Safe Work Australia (SWA) report has found levels of bullying in Australian workplaces are substantially higher than international rates.
Academics predicted stress-related illnesses, such as depression and cardiovascular disease, would be the leading causes of the global disease burden by 2020.
About 95% of OHS discussion is dominated by businesses’ obligations, so workers’ responsibilities are often “neglected”, a NSW workplace relations lawyer says. However, Bartier Perry executive lawyer James Mattson told OHN management should not fall into a “false sense of relief”. He said some supervisors and managers wrongly assumed changes to NSW’s workplace health and ...more
Firing a childcare worker for coming to work smelling of alcohol was not a valid reason for dismissal as a breach of health and safety regulations, but instead a breach of the employer’s confidence given its duty of care obligations, Fair Work Australia has found. Senior Deputy President Peter Richards ruled such a breach risked ...more
The CSIRO has been accused of misleading a Senate Estimates Committee over its handling of a bullying claim by a scientist, according to a letter former CSIRO scientists obtained under freedom of information. In the letter, Comcare deputy chief executive Steve Kibble demanded the agency correct the Hansard record from May 28, 2012 for failing ...more
A survey of more than 5,000 workers shows 44% feel their work affects their mental or physical health. The research said 54% believed work affected their physical health and 40% their mental health. The Medibank survey of 13 industries also found employees who joined health and wellbeing programs improved their health, leading to them being ...more