If a complaint of bullying forms part of a protected disclosure must we conduct two separate investigations?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 6 December 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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It will be necessary to determine whether all elements of the complaint/disclosure are disclosures of information relating to relevant wrongdoing which has taken place. A complaint of bullying could be deemed to be a disclosure of relevant wrongdoing, as defined by the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. An assessment, on a case by case basis, will have to be conducted.

If, having assessed the complaint/disclosure, it is deemed to relate solely to a personal employment complaint then the complainant/discloser should be encouraged to utilise other processes, for example, the grievance or dignity at work policy, so that that complaint can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. If, having

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Zelda Cunningham
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