Clampdown on Bullying in Workplace

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Human Resources Group

The Mackay Human Resources Group was established in September 2013 and now has over 80 members.

The group has filled the need for regular HR-related seminars in Mackay.

The Mackay Human Resources Group is looking to expand in 2014. For inquiries email fhollingworth@mckayslaw.com or join the group on LinkedIn.

Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

BULLYING in the workplace has existed since day dot, but laws to protect workers against the belittling behaviour have only come into effect this year.

This means Mackay businesses need to reshape their workplaces to ensure bullying is stamped out for good.

Before an amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009, McKays Solicitors associate solicitor Cyndel Muscat said there was a "black hole" in Australian legislation on bullying -- workers were not protected.

But the new anti-bullying laws, introduced in January, mean extreme bullying cases can now end up before a public hearing to be resolved.

The new Mackay Human Resources Group, which allows human resources managers to network, made the anti-bullying laws their key topic at this week's meeting. …

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