The recent Fair Work Act changes provide (to most) workers more avenues to complain about being bullied in the workplace.
The Commission will be responding swiftly to complaints and will have powers to make orders that will impact business.
Bullying claims are on the increase, so employers need to be aware and proactive regarding:
1. Protecting the business from bullying behaviour through culture, policies and practices.
2. What to do when a complaint of bullying arises (tight timeframes apply so being ready to act is important).
3. Handling a bully in the workplace.
4. Knowing how to deal with authorities such as, Investigators, inspectors and enforcers from various bodies such as Fair Work, WorkCover, Insurers, Unions, Commissions and Tribunals.
The temptation is for employers to throw their ‘hands in the air’ because it is all too hard, or bury their head in the sand and hope that the storm passes. Don’t give in to that temptation. Watkins Tapsell invites you to join Partner, Tiana Daly, at a practical workshop as she addresses workplace bullying and harassment, its implications on employers and steps you must take to ensure you are protected. Contact us for more information.
For further information please contact our Workplace Law Team