Workplace Health & Safety

What happened when employer refused to answer calls, emails and texts of an injured employee?

“The FWC has held that an employer who refused to answer the calls, emails and text messages of an injured employee when she sought to return to work repudiated her employment contract and unfairly dismissed the employee,” writes Emily Harvey of the Maree Hayes v Austrend International Pty Ltd T/A Austrend Group (U2016/6469) case.

Are you addressing and promptly investigating all incidents and near misses internally?

“Not only is it a legal requirement to report all incidents internally and, when applicable, report them externally, it demonstrates to workers that the organisation takes safety issues seriously,” writes the team at Dibbs Barker’s People & Workplace services group.