Bullying is a worldwide problem. Left unchecked it leads to litigation and other significant costs to employers. Reputation, litigation expense, and lack of productivity are only a few of the negative consequences of this abhorrent behavior.
We are at the forefront of advising employers on the issues and preventative strategies around workplace bullying.
The most recent guidance comes from Ireland.
On December 23, 2020 the new Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work was issued. This 54-page document deserves a long look for any employer who is seeking clarification on what constitutes bullying and how to deal with it.
This new Code of Practice goes to great lengths to define bullying in the workplace, tips on how to manage it, and recommended formal processes to address it. The Code offers examples of bullying behavior as well as a statement as to what is not bullying. Preventative measures and actions are set forth with step-by-step processes. The Code also has a hefty appendix which includes a flow chart and detailed practices should you need ideas or assistance in creating your company’s program.
The Republic of Ireland has been quite active on the topic of workplace bullying. For those who follow our posts on workplace bullying, you may recall our recent comments on the Ruffley v. Board of Management of St. Anne’s School decision by the Irish Supreme Court. This case deserves your attention and should be read in conjunction with the new Code of Practice.
The United States has been slow to act on workplace bullying issues.
We draw your attention to the subject of another post on Puerto Rico’s law prohibiting workplace bullying. This law went into effect on August 7, 2020, and is the first and only such law in the United States and Territories.
If you would like a copy of the Irish Code of Practice, please contact our office.
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About Jeff Adelson
Jeff Adelson, General Counsel and Co-Managing Partner at Adelson McLean, has practiced in the field of Workers’ Compensation for almost 40 years. In addition, Mr. Adelson’s legal career includes experience in the areas of civil, family, and criminal law. He enjoys the field of employment and Worker’s Compensation. A strong believer in human rights, he abhors any type of intolerance.
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