ELM TV EXCLUSIVE – In this excellent video with Maddocks’ Catherine Dunlop we learn more about the developments in how to manage employees that have an illness or injury. Specifically, Catherine does a great job advising viewers of what to consider when dealing with this growing workplace issue.
Moray & Agnew Partner, Fiona King, tells us in this exclusive interview that whilst there are “fewer psychological injury claims when compared with claims stemming from physical injuries… the cost of those psychological injury claims is disproportionately high.” Read more about other trends in the worker’s comp space.
An employee was awarded a total of $625,345, being $210,000 for pain and suffering and $415,345 for pecuniary loss, due to the lack of duty of care from the Department of Health Victoria as her employer. Read how the relationship was causing the employee “extreme stress and she was at risk of psychiatric harm”.
Beth Robinson of Minter Ellison talks to us about the increase in cases involving ill and injured employees in the workplace, specifically those related to mental health. Beth provides readers with her top four pieces of advice for 2017 in relation to such matters.
In regards to mental health in the workplace, Nathan Luke advises that “employers would be wise to get legal advice to be sure they are complying with the law, as penalties can be severe.” He highlights that “employers have legal obligations to avoid discrimination.”
“It is typically unlawful to treat an employee adversely (for example, by terminating their employment) solely because they are suffering from an illness or because they have sustained an injury,” says Lisa Qiu. “However, employers are legitimately entitled to expect that an employee will be present at work to perform the role for which they have been hired.” Read more.