Should my employer have a policy on bullying and, if so, what should it cover?

Employers are not obliged to have a specific policy on bullying, but as it has increasingly become a work place issue, many employers have devised policies for dealing with bullying.

The essential features of a policy on bullying should:

  • make clear the type of behaviour that will not be tolerated;
  • show how to make an informal and formal complaint;
  • have a clear procedure for investigating allegations;
  • allow you to be represented in making your complaint;
  • identify the disciplinary action that could be taken against individuals who are bullying others; and
  • ensure total employee confidentiality.

See our Bullying section for more guidance.

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