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Workplace Bullying Advice Solicitors Dublin

Bullying at work has been defined by the Report of the Taskforce on Workplace Bullying 2001  as “repeated inappropriate behavior, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work, and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work”. An isolated incident of the behavior outlined below may be an affront to dignity but as a once off incident is not considered to be bullying. In addition, bullying at work does not include reasonable and essential discipline arising from the good management of the performance of an employee at work, or actions taken which can be justified as regards the safety, health and welfare of the employees.

 

What’s Involved

It can involve one or more persons using tactics aimed at an individual or a group to make them feel humiliated or inferior to other people. Bullying can be verbal, nonverbal, physical, or cyber (carried out on the internet or mobile phones, social networking sites, email and texts).

Workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization. Examples of workplace bullying include:

  • social exclusion and isolation
  • damaging someone’s reputation by gossip or rumours
  • intimidation
  • aggressive or obscene language
  • repeated requests with impossible tasks or targets

 

Health And Safety Authority

The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland published a very useful Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the prevention and resolution of bullying at work pursuant to the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (as amended).  A copy is available to view here:

https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Codes_of_Practic/Code_of_Practice_for_Employers_and_Employees_on_the_Prevention_and_Resolution_of_Bullying_at_Work.14555.shortcut.html

Prevention is the best way to avoid the risk of bulling at work and an effective bullying prevention policy and a strong commitment to implementing it is certainly the best starting point and will assist employers in defending any claims.

Tully Rinckey Workplace Bullying Advice Solicitors

Tully Rinckey Dublin employment law solicitors can assist employers with drafting and enforcing anti-bullying policies to ensure that they protect the best interests of the employer and their employees. We have also vast experience in initiating and defending claims before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court and the civil courts including the High Court.

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