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Bullying in the Workplace - is a serious issue!


What is considered bullying?
The media last week have highlighted the contentious nature of the issue, with allegations being made about PM Gordon Brown's behaviour towards his staff
Bullying in the workplace is a serious issue that can be difficult to deal with.  Unchecked bullying may prompt the victim to resign and pursue a complaint of unfair constructive dismissal before an employment tribunal
Bullying - something that is unwelcome, unwarranted, targeted, persistent and causes a detrimental effect and may include repeated occurrences of the following behaviour or actions:-
•    constant criticism, fault finding or undermining
•    being threatened, shouted at or humiliated
•    being either over-burdened with work or denied work
•    being set unreasonable targets and deadlines
The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) requires an employer to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees and others sharing the workplace
Employers have a duty to:
•    ensure that the working environment is safe and without risk to health
•    ensure the workplace is free of discrimination and harassment
Why worry about it?
Failure by employers to deal with stress and bullying-related issues may result in a fundamental breach of an implied term of an employee’s contract.
Take Action
Employers should consider the development of a policy on preventing bullying and consult with those who will be affected by its introduction, including employees and relevant trade union representatives.
Employers could be vicariously liable for the acts of their employees during the course of their employment
'TAKE CARE OF YOUR WORKFORCE - TAKE CARE OF YOUR WORKING ENVIRONMENT'
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