New Workplace Bullying Code of Practice

Workplace Bullying Compliplus 1Bullying in the workplace can be defined as repeated inappropriate behaviour that undermines your right to dignity at work. It usually takes place over a period of time. It can be done by one or more persons and is aimed at an individual or a group to make them feel inferior to other people. Bullying can be direct or indirect and can include verbal, physical, or cyberbullying. 

Updated legislation was issued on 23rd December 2020 to address this serious issue with the publication of a revised Code of Practice. It has been produced in collaboration with the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). It is titled the Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and replaces two earlier codes issued in 2007 and 2002, combining them into a single code. 

The new code applies to all employments in Ireland irrespective of whether employees work at a fixed location, at home, or are mobile, and provides practical guidance on the management of workplace bullying complaints and on the prevention of workplace bullying, in line with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. In addition, the Code reflects the WRC’s objective to achieve harmonious working relations between employers and employees through promoting compliance with relevant employment, equality and equal status legislation and codes of practice, early dispute resolution, mediation, conciliation, facilitation, and advisory services, and adjudication on complaints and disputes.

The Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work is available at www.workplacerelations.ie and www.hsa.ie.

Source: HSA

 Download the new Code of Practice here.