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HC Online | 08 Jul 2011, 07:00 AM Agree 0
A landmark Queensland case in which a Telstra employee successfully claimed injuries she suffered while working at home may threaten the future of flexible working arrangements, warns a work-life balance expert.
  • Marie Crozier-Durham | 15 Jul 2011, 07:12 PM Agree 0
    My usual advice, as a consultant with speciality in flexible work arrangements, regarding work from home arrangements is that the Legal, Occupational Health and Safety and Insurance and Indemnity issues need to be clear, and form part of the Work From Home Agreement.
    The reaction to this case is interesting. There are very strident criticisms of the employee, and opinions expressed are that this changes the face of flexible working.
    However, in many organisations, these issues have been well and truly considered in their flexible work policies. This case does not change things- employers need to provide a safe workplace.
    It does seem that the Tribunal followed existing authority in that, for an injury to have arisen out of employment, it does not necessarily have to occur at work, and that the employee’s injury was incurred whilst in the process of carrying out a requirement for work (locking the door).
  • Paul Knotts | 09 Aug 2011, 10:07 AM Agree 0
    As a Physio, Safety Officer and Injury Prevention Consultant, I conduct both office and home based ergo and safety assessments. I support home based workers as the benefits are huge on both sides of the fence. I would like to see workers taking resonable responsibility for themselves particularly when working from home (as they do in their OWN time at home)and believe that safety here is in both employers and employees interests. I am hopeful that the potentially perceived and fraudulent "cash cow" of suing our employers will not occur as the benefits to all will be lost by a few unscrupulous workers. I make no comment or judgement in the Telstra case. Employers would be amazed at the "levels" of safety or NOT of people's homes so need to look into this pre sanctioning the work at home option Stay Safe Paul Knotts: Total Injury Prevention Specialists
  • S.B. | 24 Aug 2012, 02:12 PM Agree 0
    And that's why a lot of business is transferred overseas.
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