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Employees must act promptly even when sick to stop bullying

A senior employee alleged that disciplinary proceedings were instigated against her only after she had made a complaint about a senior executive. The employee while unfit for work obtained a stop bullying order against her employer. Despite the employee being unfit for work the employer wanted to continue a workplace investigation and determine an outcome.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) made interim stop bullying orders, which effectively put a halt to the workplace investigation. To make stop bullying orders the FWC must find that a worker has been bullied at work and there is a risk of it continuing. The employer was not found to be carrying out reasonable management action in a reasonable manner.

(Bayly v Bendigo TAFE [2017] FWC 1886)

"What matters most?" National Palliative Care Week 20 to 26 May 2018

Aged care"Australians need to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals," says Australian Medical Association president Dr Gannon.

"Discussing your end-of-life care plans with your family members helps them to better understand your values, preferences, and goals of care, and will assist them should they have to make decisions on your behalf if you cannot make or communicate your own decisions."

"Thinking about, and planning ahead for, your end-of-life care means you are more likely to receive the type of care and treatments that you actually want, rather than those you do not want."

(Source: Melbourne Catholic and PalliativeCare Australia)

Seniors' rights are in the spotlight this Law Week

"Financial abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of elder abuse, and sadly, it's often perpetrated by family members. In the worst cases, victims are fleeced of their savings by a relative or carer, or may even risk being made homeless."

"A common scenario might involve an older person being pressured to 'go guarantor' on a home loan to help a child or grandchild get a foothold on the property ladder. That's why it's so important for older people to know how to protect themselves, and where to get help if things go wrong,"

(See NSW Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies Media Release 10 May 2018)


Teacher awarded six-figure payout after being bullied by school principal

(See Sydney Morning Herald article by Pallavi Singhal 20 September 2017)

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