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Bullying and Reasonable Management Action

The majority (72.2%) of all the antibullying applications to the Fair Work Commission in the first 3 months of 2014 were about bullying by Managers.

Such a high percentage does highlight the need to ensure that Managers are well informed and trained about workplace bullying.

For example Managers, need to know that “reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner” is not bullying (section 789FD of the Fair Work Act 2009).

But what does “reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner” mean? The Fair Work Commission bullying decision on the 13th of May in the case Ms SB (2014) FWC 2104, provides some guidance that clarifies this area.


The key points considered in the judgement made by Fair Work Commissioner Hampton were;

Repeated Unreasonable Behaviour

Reasonable Management Action

The full decision of Commissioner Hampton is available from the Fair Work

Commission website:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/search/documents/results?query=2014FWC2104&indexes[0]=1&start=0&page=0&keys=2014FWC2104&sort=score&order=asc&filename=/documents/decisionssigned/html/2014FWC2104.htm

Available
Training:

Preventing Bullying in the Workplace Course

Onsite training for your staff and managers to help you comply with legislative requirements to prevent bullying.

Preventing Bullying for Workers

Onsite training for workers in their duties in regard to workplace bullying


WHS Risk Management for Supervisors & Managers Course


This course aims to familiarize participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply the principles of risk management as an integral part of an effective WHS management system…


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How to determine what is reasonably practicable


Risk Management


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