Workers' Compensation

The International Scene: Sacked Through Facebook, Death by iPad, Facial Injuries, ER Violence

Here's a round up of interesting workplace news from around the world...

- In what is believed to be the first termination notice through Facebook, a 16-year-old worker was informed by her boss at the cafe where she worked that she was being let go for losing a 10 pound note. See report in the U.K. Daily Mail. Using social media to terminate staff is legally risky given the lack of privacy and confidentiality on sites like Facebook.

- Twelve workers between the ages of 18 and 24 who worked at the iPad factory located in the Shenzhen free trade zone, southern China, have committed suicide so far this year. 70-hour work weeks, harsh working conditions, and military-style management are said to have contributed to the deaths. See report by the U.K. Socialist Party.

- In Japan we have a situation of reverse discrimination where men's facial injuries are ranked lower than women's facial injuries for purpose of workers' compensation. A 35-year-old man, who suffered burns to his face from molten metal during a workplace accident, recently won a lawsuit about the discrimination against men with facial injuries. See report in The Mainichi Daily News.

- A 2010 Australian study found ER nurses out-ranked police and prison officers in exposure to workplace violence. See "Violence and aggression in the emergency department: A critical care perspective", published in Australian Critical Care.