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FWC reveals details of new anti-bullying laws

Bullying & HarassmentNovember 21, 2013

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Workplace bullying has emerged as a prominent employment issue. Although, there is no current legislation that specifically prohibits workplace bullying, from the 1st January 2014 anti-bullying laws will be introduced for the first time.

The Fair Work Commission has revealed a draft of the new legislation that requires a victim to prove unreasonable and repeated behaviour in the workplace. The behaviour needs to also risk the health and safety of an employee, including actions which could lead to depression, anxiety and sleeping problems.

Anti-bullying panel head Peter Hampton said that the new laws will be about improving workplace conditions, rather than rewarding compensation payments.

It will be important that all employers look to implement an effective workplace bullying policy and ensure that employees are trained in relation to the policy.

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