Bullying and Harassment – Dealing with the Ethical Dilemma - webinar


Professional Accountants reported Bullying and Harrassment as the most commonly observed type of unethical behaviour in an Ethics Research Report published in January 2019. Whether a person is; the target of such behaviour; the accused, or; handling a complaint in relation to the issue; this webinar will provide practical insights and informed HR/legal perspective on delaing with this ethical dilemma.

Venue details:  
Online, , Webinar - online
Start date & time:  
16 October 2019 13:00
End date & time:  
16 October 2019 14:00
Price: €37.50  (€30.00 Member price)
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Speaker details
First nameLast name
Matt Kavanagh


Product type:  
CPD online course

Who should attend

Whether you have exeprienced or observed bullying and harrassment in the workplace, or wish to understand more, or prepare yourself in the event that you have to manage the issue, then this course is for you. While the webinar will have a focus on issues in affecting finance and accounting roles in business and practice, it is also suitable for other HR and legal professions wishing to gain further insight.

Course overview

  • Grey Lines: What do we mean by bullying and harassment - Practice vs Legal
  • Explain and highlight common issues that arise within the accounting profession from an ethical, as well as a HR and Legal perspective
  • Understand how the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants might guide an approach to this issue
  • Consider the impact of bullying and harassment on a business or practice, in terms of: reduced employee morale, poor employee engagement and the impact on a 'toxic' organisational culture
  • Gain insights into how to conclude a complaint process and manage the communications in relation to the matter within the organisation
  • Appreciate the benefits for all by managing the issue of bullying and harassment in a timely, fair and effective manner
  • Consider the impact on - The person who may be the target of such behaviour, The person who may be accused of such behaviour, The person who has to handle the issue and or complaint

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Be better prepared to identify and handle issues regarding bullying and harrassment
  • Understand how to objectively, and empathetically, test the veracity of any emerging issue or possible complaint
  • Recognise the role of leadership within the organisation regarding leading by example for appropriate conduct
  • Seek out and better assess an organisations bullying and harassment policy
  • Understand the importance of a timely investigation and compliance with fair procedures regarding a complaint in relation to bullying and harrassment

Speaker Bio

Matt Kavanagh BL MBA M.Comm (Corporate Governance) is a governance, business and human resources consultant, since 1999 and a practicing barrister since 2017, specialising in employment law and workplace investigations. Matt recently co-authored an Ethics Report for Accountants in Ireland on behalf of the Chartered Accountants Ireland Education Trust. In recent years, he has also completed a number of governance reviews for a range of not for profit, volunteer and charity organisations.