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How have the Anti-Bullying Powers played out so far?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Fair Work Commission recently released its first quarterly report on its anti-bullying powers. The report reveals that there were 151 applications to stop alleged bullying at work between January and March this year. All matters were dealt with in the mandatory 14-day period, and the vast majority were resolved without proceeding to a formal decision. Only one application was granted, and you can read the details of that decision in a previous PEEL News. Read More

The Limits of Work as it Relates to Bullying

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Anti-Bullying clause (s. 789FC) of the Fair Work Act covers employees, contractors, outworkers, apprentices, work experience students and volunteers. The expansive definition of “worker” means that organisations need to consider their responsibility for the broader network of those who carry out work on their behalf. However, there are limits to the definition and the FWC has recently clarified these. Read More

Anti-bullying Orders - A First Glimpse

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Since the introduction of anti-bullying amendments to the Fair Work Act (2009) in January 2014, many have wondered what these changes will mean in practice. What will anti-bullying orders involve? How detailed with they be? We now have our first glimpse of these amendments at work. Read More

Workplace Bullying - Would you speak up?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Recent research conducted by the National Australia Bank in conjunction with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation revealed that Australians who witnessed instances of bullying were more likely to stay quiet than to speak up. In fact, 65.1% of Australians surveyed admitted they had been in a situation where they could have intervened but chose not to. Read More

Assessing the Risks of Workplace Bullying

Thursday, September 26, 2013

In recent months we have brought you updates on the legislative changes that are coming into effect from the 1st January 2014 with respect to Fair Work Commissions anti-bullying powers, see: Workplace Bullying be prepared, you only have 6 months to go  and The Countdown is on....will your investigations stand up?   Read More

The Countdown is on....will your investigations stand up?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The countdown is on to the Fair Work Commissions anti-bullying powers which come into effect from 1 January 2014. In our last PEEL News:  Workplace Bullying be prepared, you only have 6 months to go, we provided you with an action plan, click here,  to assist you with your preparations.  Read More

Workplace Bullying be prepared, you only have 6 months to go

Monday, July 29, 2013

On the 27th June 2013, the Fair Work Act 2009 was amended to give the Fair Work Commission anti-bullying powers.  They will come into effect on the 1st January 2014.  Read More

Take a preventative approach to workplace mediation

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

An intervention to resolve a workplace conflict can only be truly effective if it is done for a long term result. Workplace mediation that fixes the immediate conflict and doesn’t consider preventative measures is a job half done. It’s like listening to the hit, not the LP. Rather than take a traditional approach of addressing the immediate relationship conflict, take a more contemporary holistic risk management approach of understanding what is underlying the conflict and address it.  Read More

Preventing and responding to workplace bullying - Are you ready?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The draft ‘Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying’, Code of Practice (COP) was released on 26 September. It remains open for public comment until 16 December. It is part of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations attached to the WHS Act.  The WHS Act is due to commence on 1 January 2012 with possible delayed commencement of the Regulations for up to 1 year. Read More