Recent moves by Safe Work Australia has seen the definition of work place bullying be expanded, and therefore, there are more cases of workplace bullying for a victim to hire workers compensation lawyers in Sydney and throughout Australia to fight for them. Workers compensation lawyers can be employed when a person is injured at work or suffers an illness arising from work. Workplace bullying falls under this definition as injury stands for both physical and mental afflictions, and, therefore, a claim for workers compensation can be made. But what is workplace bullying?
Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour towards a worker, or workers, that creates a risk to their health and safety.
Unreasonable behaviour includes:
- Abusive, offensive, or insulting language.
- Undue criticism.
- Excluding a person from normal work activities.
- Withholding vital information that affects a person’s work performance.
- Setting unreasonable time constraints or constantly changing deadlines.
- Overloading a person with work, or, alternatively, not giving them enough work.
- Setting tasks that are well below or above a person’s skill level.
- Spreading rumours about a person.
- Denying access to information, supervision, resources or consultation, leading to negative effects to the worker in question.
- Not allowing a worker access to workplace entitlements like leave.
However, there are some things that are not deemed as workplace bullying for various reasons.
Not counted as workplace bullying include:
- Reasonable management action, including telling a worker their performance is unsatisfactory, after following performances management guidelines.
- Discrimination and harassment: there are different laws to deal with these matters.
- A single incident of unreasonable behaviour.
- Violence: again there are other laws and procedures to deal with these matters.
If you are considering a workers compensation claim in regards to workplace bullying, there are several things compensation lawyers may ask you to do and keep in mind.
- Keep records of the incidents.
- Back up your claim with medical evidence (this includes psychological injuries).
- Strict time limits apply to workers compensation claims.
- A compensation claim may not stop the bullying.
If you are interested in compensation lawyers in Sydney, call BPC Lawyers on (02) 8355 4003, or enquire online at http://www.bpclaw.com.au.