The First Quarterly Anti-Bullying results are in… and the results are encouraging.
Speaking on an Australian Payroll Asscoation newsletter, Athena Koelmeyer, Workplace Law specialist says the following
“The first Quarterly Report of the Fair Work Commission’s (the Commission’s) new anti-bullying jurisdiction has been released and provides some insight in the applications received by the Commission to date.
Although the jurisdiction only commenced on 1 January 2014, there has been a total 151 applications for a “stop bullying order” to the period ending 31 March 2014. Of these, only eight have been finalised by a decision of the Commission, with only one resulting in the Commission issuing orders, as previously reported by us in Issue 217 of Australian Payroll Association’s newsletter.
Encouragingly, a number of the applications were resolved or withdrawn early. The Commission’s case management process resulted in 23 applications being withdrawn. A further 16 applications were resolved during the course of proceedings.
The majority of the applications received during the period were from employees (133 applications). A total of 109 of these applications alleged that the employee’s manager was engaging in the unreasonable behaviour.
While the commencement of the new jurisdiction was expected to have a flood of applications, many applications have been finalised early through the Commission’s review process or are resolved before or during a Commission Conference or Hearing”