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Changes to the Fair Work Act from 1 January 2014

The Fair Work Commission’s new workplace bullying regime commences 1 January 2014 — employers be prepared. The commission has released a draft benchbook with useful examples of when a worker has been ‘bullied at work’ and what constitutes ‘reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner’. The commission has also released a summary of the new bullying jurisdiction’s case management model.

There will also be more onerous obligations in relation to right of entry. There are new rules about where meetings can be held and how disputes will be dealt with…

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