Bullying and harassment at work
closedSubmissions closed: 31 March 2021, 5pm
MBIE released an Issues Paper on bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment) at work in New Zealand. We asked the public to tell us about how effective the systems are that prevent and respond to bullying and harassment at work.
Submissions received and next steps
We received submissions from a variety of individuals and organisations. These were through our online survey as well as written submissions.
Thank you to everyone who engaged with us during the consultation period.
The feedback received in response to this Issues Paper will help inform:
- consideration of whether there are potential operational improvements that can be made to the services and information provided by regulators and operational agencies; in particular, MBIE Employment Services and WorkSafe
- upcoming reviews of the disputes resolution system under the Employment Relations Act and selected aspects of the Health and Safety at Work Act
- New Zealand’s approach to managing psychosocial risk at work and potential system changes that may be required, including the role of businesses in managing their risks.
About the consultation
In New Zealand, everyone has the right to be healthy and safe at work, and this includes work that is free from bullying and harassment.
The below issues paper sets out what we know about the nature and extent of bullying and harassment at work, how effective the current systems are that prevent and respond to these issues, and what the evidence says about what good practice looks like.
Resources used for the consultation
This in-depth issues paper examines in detail what we know about the extent of bullying and harassment at work in New Zealand, what good practice to address these issues is, and what systems are currently in place in New Zealand to prevent and respond to these issues.
This summary issues paper covers the same topics as the in-depth paper, but in a much shorter format.