The Crossroads, COVID n Compo


Like many thousands across the nation, a NSW worker recently spent an afternoon in the company of a pint and a parmy at a busy Sydney pub. What could possibly go wrong? (cough, cough). Unfortunately, the subject hotel was subsequently identified as the source of a COVID-19 cluster.

The worker underwent a test for the virus – which was negative – before attending work. The worker was subsequently advised by NSW Health to self-isolate for 14 days, with the worker’s employer directing fellow workers who had been in contact with the worker to go home and get tested.

The worker later reported feeling bullied, harassed and terrified to return to work after it became apparent a series of emails were being sent throughout the workplace identifying the worker as a source of disruption and inconvenience.

The worker sought assistance from SafeWork NSW and the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) regarding their situation and was advised of their rights and entitlements under NSW Workers Compensation legislation, including that a claim for benefits may be made in the context of a work-related psychological injury.

Our firm has several Approved Legal Service Providers who are able to apply for grants of funding from WIRO in order to assist workers who have experienced the misfortune of injury at their workplace.