07:17 am, Friday 27 February, 2009
Woolworths has been fined $1,000 for failing to provide an injured worker with suitable employment, in breach of Victoria’s Workers Compensation Legislation.
The worker suffered a Stress Injury while employed as a trainee night-fill manager at a Safeway Store . His claim for workers compensation was approved, and he was later medically certified as having the capacity to return to work on alternative duties.
Despite this, Woolworths did not provide suitable employment even after eight months.
Victoria’s workers compensation laws require an employer to provide employment to an injured worker who has a capacity for work.
Additionally, an employer must keep an injured worker’s position open for 12 months.