In its first substantive order under the new bullying jurisdiction, the Fair Work Commission has directed an employee not to have any unaccompanied contact with a co-worker or make comments about their clothes or appearance.
The Fair Work Commission has ruled that it is not prevented from considering behaviour that occurred before the start of the new bullying jurisdiction on January 1 this year when dealing with applications for orders to stop the conduct.
A Fair Work Commission full bench reserved its decision this morning on whether the tribunal can take account of conduct before the bullying laws began operation on January 1, when making orders under the new regime.
A senior Fair Work Commission full bench will tomorrow hear argument on whether the tribunal can take account of bullying incidents that occurred before this year when it considers making orders under the new jurisdiction.
The Fair Work Commission has issued its first ruling in its new bullying jurisdiction, dismissing a claim because the complainant failed to respond to two requests to provide more details and did not pay the filing fee.
The Fair Work Commission has received 44 bullying complaints in the first month of its new jurisdiction, but the tribunal's president says it's too early to say whether this is any guide to the future rate of applications
Union officials who repeatedly act in an unreasonable fashion towards workers or managers could be exposed to orders under the new Fair Work anti-bullying regime, according to senior lawyers from Seyfarth Shaw.
*FWC receives first bullying claims *Scope of 4 yearly modern award review to be discussed next month *FWC amends award super clauses to comply with MySuper obligations *Undertakings would change trucking EA too much
The FWC is seeking feedback by Thursday on a 13-page draft form to be completed by workers who claim they have been bullied, which provides them the option of ticking a box for up to six remedies, while also giving them the chance to propose their own solution.