Injured or ill workers deserve good medical care, rehabilitation, as well as compensation for permanent injury. Unfortunately more and more doctors are shying away from treating patients in the workers’ compensation system, They should not but they should be aware of how the work-over system works.
The new (2013) workcover QLD laws which deny employment rights to workers who give misleading information about their medical history in job applications, will lead to “employment discrimination” against physically impaired or injured workers, says a Queensland judge.
We recently received correspondence a bullied, harassed and ill-treated injured worker sent to the Human Rights Commission. The response the injured worker received was very disappointing. It appears Human Rights are available to anyone who doesn’t work in the public sector or have a workcover claim. Thanks to the injured worker, we know have this in writing!
Most people will prepare to work until retirement. Even then, we are encouraged to be productive and work longer than the retirement age, if possible. What happens if your injured at work?
A Victorian inured worker was provided with alternative employment due his incapacity to perform his pre-injury duties. His inability to perform pre-injury duties were already determined however his employer attempted to dismiss him based on the results of the Functional Capacity Evaluations.Which should be used as a tool to determine capacity not incapacity….
Unfortunately Jason’s story is a common one for many injured workers. Once on workers comp for an extended period of time a stigma is automatically attached and injured workers are often viewed as liabilities best avoided by too many employers.
December 3 2012, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten launched a public consultation on proposals to boost employment participation for people with disability.