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Workplace bullying: Issues at common law

WorkCover hosted a webinar presented by Bill Rogers from Crown Law on Wednesday 27 August 2014.

Crown Law has noticed a trend of a number of damages claims being brought due to alleged bullying and harassment in the workplace.

These claims become problematic to defend when the employer has not taken any steps, or not taken adequate steps, to investigate any allegations of bullying and harassment.

This webinar covered:

  • workplace bullying legislative requirements
  • what behaviours constitute bullying and harassment
  • how bullying and harassment occurs
  • reasonable management action
  • what the common law says about claims for bullying and harassment
  • real case examples
  • employer obligations to investigate allegations of bullying and harassment
  • common issues that arise in defending bullying and harassment claims.

Watch the video recording of the webinar, download the presentation (PDF, 0.41 MB) or read presenter Bill Rogers' answers to questions raised during the webinar.