The specific measures in the second tranche of changes include, among other things:
providing a worker who has suffered bullying at work a right of recourse through the Fair Work Commission;
improving entitlements for workers who are pregnant, including changes to special maternity leave and the right to transfer to a safe job,
provide flexibility to parents taking unpaid parental leave, including extending the time that parents can take unpaid parental leave together from 3 weeks to 8 weeks and allowing them to choose when they want to take that leave; and
an express right to request a return to work on a part time basis after taking unpaid parental leave.
Thambyrajah stresses that no employee should be exposed to bullying in the work place. However, he’s worried that the amendments leaves it ‘very open’ as to what qualifies as bullying.
“Most broking houses are small and are not equipped to mount a ready defence to any frivolous claim of bullying. Any such initiative needs to be well defined so as not to lead to frivolous claims.”