Workplace Bullying Cases Tipped to Escalate Sharply with Laws Set to Change from Jan1 - December 11th, 2013
A labour lawyer in a recent BRW* article warns, "The implementation of Australia’s new workplace anti-bullying laws on January 1, 2014, is likely to unleash a greater-than-expected flood of complaints to authorities as employees use the mechanism to label general unhappiness as bullying!."
BRW asserts, the amendments to the Fair Work Act, passed by the previous Labour government and supported by the then Coalition opposition, mean that from January employees will be able to lodge complaints about bullying directly with the Fair Work Commission. The commission, which will be obliged to act on the application within 14 days, will have the power to issue an order to the alleged bully or bullies, to put a stop to the disputed behaviour.
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* New anti-bullying laws to open ‘litany’ of complaints – BRW, Nov,13