The Fair Work Commission has released its new draft anti-bullying Case Management Model in preparation for the introduction of the jurisdiction on 1 January 2014.
Fair Work new anti bullying rules out for comments
Justice Iain Ross also confirmed Commissioner Peter Hampton as the new anti-bullying Panel Head.
Justice Ross said the Commission thought it important to release the case management model and a draft Anti-bullying Benchbook to ensure employers and employees were well informed before 1 January 2014.
He said it was important employers and employees understood the scope of the jurisdiction and the remedies the Commission might order.
He said it was directed at preventing workers from being bullied at work.
Justice Ross said the Case Management Model had various steps, which culminated in the Panel Head determining if the matter should be sent for voluntary mediation with a Commission staff member, or direct to a Commission Member for mediation, conciliation or arbitration.
“Our key considerations have been to ensure that our processes are practical, efficient and fair,” he said.
“Each application will be assessed at an early stage to decide whether it falls within our jurisdiction, the parties involved, the nature of the alleged bullying and how the application should be dealt with.”
Justice Ross said while it would take some time for the jurisdiction and associated case law to develop, the Anti-bullying Benchbook and Case Management Model were the first steps in informing potential parties of the Commission’s procedures and relevant legislative provisions.