New Year, new bullying jurisdiction
The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) bullying jurisdiction will be open for business on 1 January.
As reported in an earlier e-bulletin workers employed in constitutionally covered businesses will be able to apply directly to the FWC for an order to stop bullying.
The FWC must start dealing with a complaint within 14 days of an application being made.
It can make any order it considers appropriate to stop the bullying, apart from ordering the payment of compensation.
“Each application will be assessed at an early stage to decide whether it falls within our jurisdiction, the parties involved, the nature of the alleged bullying and how the application should be dealt with,” FWC president, The Honourable Justice Iain Ross, said.
Commissioner Peter Hampton is heading up the FWC’s anti-bullying panel.
The bullying complaint mechanism may change in the future, as the Coalition went to the Federal Election with a promise to change the laws so workers first have to seek help and advice from a regulator.
For more details, visit anti-bullying at the FWC.
Published on 19 December 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.