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Bullying claim payout a timely reminder

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HC Online | 23 Jul 2013, 12:03 AM Agree 0
As the Supreme Court orders a significant payout to a bullying victim, legislative changes to the Fair Work Act regarding bullying in the workplace are a timely reminder for all employers to review their policies and procedures.
  • Bernie Althofer | 26 Jul 2013, 11:07 AM Agree 0
    It is important for organisations to note that the payout is only one indicator of the costs involved in a workplace bullying case.

    The person making the claim can incur costs through time off work, medical and legal expenses, counselling etc.

    The alleged bully can incur costs through medical and legal expenses, as they defend the claim.

    Organisations can incur costs through lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, investigation costs, administrative and processing costs, negative media coverage, damage to individual and organisational reputation, etc.

    It seems that organisations need to have a system or process in place to document any and all related costs.

    It also seems that January 2014 is not that far away, so it seems now is appropriate time to review current policies and procedures, along with systems and processes used to maintain currency of knowledge across all levels of the organisation e.g. training etc
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