Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bullying: Bosses Warned

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bullying: Bosses Warned

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EMPLOYERS who do not have effective procedures in place to manage workplace bullying could soon find themselves referred to state work health and safety authorities for investigation.

Under proposed changes to the Fair Work Act, employers may be subjected to wide-ranging orders by the Fair Work Commission, which includes penalties up to $33,000 for failing to comply with such orders.

That is the direct warning from one of Australiaas leading experts in human resource management and workplace investigations, Christina Turner.

Mrs Turner said many organisations were unaware of the proposed workplace law reforms which were recently recommended by the House of Representatives Standing Committee and largely accepted by the Federal Government.

aIf you donat want Fair Work Australia knocking on your door, you need to be able to show them you have a thorough understanding of the processes to manage and investigate workplace bullying,a she said.

aThe reforms mean employees who feel they have been bullied or harassed can go directly to Fair Work Australia without consulting their manager or their internal human resources manager. …

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