The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced to the House of Representatives on 21/03/2013 to amend the Fair Work Act, inter alia:
- allow a worker who has been bullied at work in a constitutionally-covered business to apply to the FWC for an order to stop the bullying;
- adopt a definition of ‘bullied at work’ which is consistent with the definition of ‘workplace bullying’ recommended by the Committee in its report, and the proposed Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying;
- require the FWC to start dealing with an application for an order to stop bullying within 14 days of the application being made; and
- enable the FWC to make any order it considers appropriate (other than an order for payment of a pecuniary amount) to stop the bullying.
Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack