Fair Work Commission Amendment (Anti-Bullying and Other Measures) Rules 2013

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Fair Work Commission Amendment (Anti‑Bullying and Other Measures) Rules 2013
 
I, Iain Ross AO, President of the Fair Work Commission, acting after consultation with the Members of the Fair Work Commission, make the following Rules under the Fair Work Act 2009.
 
Dated 16 December 2013
Iain Ross AO
President of the Fair Work Commission
 
  
  
Contents
1............ Name of Rules.................................................................................... 1
2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1
3............ Authority............................................................................................. 1
4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 1
Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                2
Fair Work Commission Rules 2013                                                                          2
 
1  Name of Rules
                   These Rules are the Fair Work Commission Amendment (Anti-Bullying and Other Measures) Rules 2013.
2  Commencement
                   These Rules commence on 1 January 2014.
3  Authority
                   These Rules are made under the Fair Work Act 2009.
4  Schedule(s)
                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.
Schedule 1—Amendments
  
Fair Work Commission Rules 2013
1  Rule 6 (heading)
Repeal the heading, substitute:
6  Dispensing with rules and orders inconsistent with rules
2  Rule 6
Before “The Commission”, insert “(1)”.
3  At the end of rule 6
Add:
             (2)  The Commission may make an order that is inconsistent with these Rules and if it does so, the order will prevail.
Note:          An order of the Commission may be given in the form of a direction.
4  Subrule 10(2) (note 3)
Omit “3.03(8) and 3.07(8)”, substitute “3.03(8), 3.07(8) and 6.07A(8)”.
5  Rule 12 (heading)
Repeal the heading, substitute:
12  Representation by a lawyer or paid agent
6  After paragraph 12(1)(c)
Insert:
           ; (d)  participating in a conciliation or mediation process conducted by a member of the staff of the Commission, whether or not under delegation, in relation to an application for an order to stop bullying made under section 789FC of the Act.
7  Subrule 12(1) (note)
Omit “Note”, substitute “Note 1”.
8  At the end of subrule 12(1)
Add:
Note 2:       Subrule 12(3) deals with representation of parties in a conference or hearing before a Commission Member.
9  Subrule 12(3)
Omit “the Commission”, substitute “a Commission Member”.
10  After rule 23
Insert:
23A  Response to an application for an order to stop bullying
             (1)  The person named as an employer or principal in an application made under section 789FC of the Act must lodge with the Commission a response to the application within 7 calendar days after the day on which the person was served with the application.
Note 1:       The response must be in the approved form—see subrule 8(2).
Note 2:       A person can be named in an application as an employer or principal of both the applicant and the person alleged to have engaged in bullying behaviour. This subrule requires the employer or principal to lodge a response in either case.
             (2)  If:
                     (a)  2 or more applications made under section 789FC of the Act:
                              (i)  are lodged at the same time; and
                             (ii)  concern the same or substantially similar conduct; and
                            (iii)  name the same employer or principal; and
                     (b)  the substance of the response of the employer or principal is the same for each of the applications;
the employer or principal may lodge one response in respect of the applications.
             (3)  If a person named in an application under section 789FC of the Act as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour wants to lodge a response to the application, the person must lodge the response with the Commission within 7 calendar days after the day on which the person was served with the application.
Note 1:       The response must be in the approved form—see subrule 8(2).
Note 2:       A person named as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour is not required to lodge this response. If the person chooses to lodge this response, the person must also serve a copy of the response in accordance with the requirements of Schedule 1.
11  Rule 45 (after the heading)
Insert:
Unfair dismissal, general protections and unlawful termination FWC applications
12  Rule 45
Before “If the”, insert “(1)”.
13  At the end of rule 45
Add:
Application for an order to stop bullying
             (2)  If the Commission is required to serve an application made under section 789FC of the Act on a person, the Commission must serve upon the person a copy of the application excluding that part of the application that deals with the application fee.
14  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (note)
Omit “Note”, substitute “Note 1”.
15  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (after the note)
Insert:
Note 2:       Under subrules 6(1) and (2) the instructions as to service that are set out in this Schedule may be dispensed with or varied by an order or direction of the Commission in a matter. This is most likely to occur in relation to an application made to the Commission under subsection 789FC(1) of the Act for an order to stop bullying.
16  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (cell at table item dealing with F6, column headed “Provision”)
Repeal the cell, substitute:
Sections 375B, 376, 400A, 401, 611, 779A and 780 of the Act
17  Clause 1 of Schedule 1 (at the end of the table)
Add:
 
F72
Anti‑
bullying
Application for an Order to Stop Bullying
Subsection
789FC(1) of the Act and subrule 45(2)
Commission
The person named in the application as an employer or principal of the applicant
As soon as practicable after lodgement with the Commission

F72
Anti‑
bullying
Application for an Order to Stop Bullying
Subsection
789FC(1) of the Act and subrule 45(2)
Commission
Each person named in the application as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour; and each person named in the application as an employer or principal of a person who is allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour
On the next business day after service of the application upon the person named as the employer or principal of the applicant

F73
Anti‑
bullying
Response from an Employer/
Principal to an Application for an Order to Stop Bullying
Subrules 23A(1) and (2)
Person named in the application as an employer or principal
The applicant, each person named in the application as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour, and each person named in the application as an employer or principal, other than the person making the response
Within 7 days after being served with the Application for an Order to Stop Bullying

F74
Anti‑
bullying
Response from a person against whom bullying has been alleged to an Application for an Order to Stop Bullying
Subrule 23A(3)
Person named in the application as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour
The applicant, each person named in the application as allegedly engaging in bullying behaviour, and each person named in the application as an employer or principal, other than the person making the response
Within 7 calendar days after being served with the Application for an Order to Stop Bullying