As an employer you have an obligation to take reasonable measures to prevent bullying in the workplace.

Bullying in the workplace can impact negatively on the safety and health of the employee. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (as amended) employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace.

Under Section 8 of the Act you, as an employer, are required to prevent any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk

Also, employees have a duty not to engage in improper behaviour which would endanger the health, safety and welfare of themselves, or the other employees.

The Health and Safety Authority works to ensure that workplace bullying is not tolerated and that employers have procedures for dealing with bullying at work. It published a Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work. This Code sets out guidance notes for employees, employers and trade unions on dealing with bullying in the workplace.

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