Healthy Workplace Bill
Legislation has been passed in Tennesse USA, to Protect Workers against Workplace Bullying. Employment Rights eroded in the UK while employment rights increase in other countries.
In my blog dated October 2013 I referred to the survey carried out by the OECD which showed that UK workers were the 3rd least protected in terms of employment rights out of 40 developed countries. http://xperthr.co.uk/blogsemployment-intelligence/2013/03employment-law-reform-progress/#sthash.8QMj41F4.dpuf
The only countries which had less protection was the USA and Canada. Since then the employment protection for UK workers has deteriorated eg introduction of fees for employment tribunals; you have to be employed for 2 years instead of 1 year to be able to claim unfair dismissal (see Department for Business Innovation and Skills Employment Law 2013 Progress on Reform page 24 paragraph 2.3
However, Canadian Provinces have legislation to protect their workers against harassment / bullying in places such as Quebec, Saskatchewan, Ontario British Columbia. (see JILPT REPORT Workplace Bullying and Harassment No.12 20130.
In 2008, the OECD sited the USA as having the least protection for workers in the workplace. Yet now we see the Healthy Workplace Bill has been introduced into many States to protect workers against workplace bullying. Tennesse is the first state to enact the Law on June 3 2014. http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/states/tn/tennessee.php
On April 13 2014, in Massachusetts, the Bill reached its 2nd reading in the House in the USA.
Nevada State Senator, Richard Segerblom of Las Vegas proposes amending Nevada’s employment discrimination law so that anyone who is a victim of a hostile workplace environment has a legal remedy whether or not they can show illegal discrimination.
This I would argue, would overcome the absurdity of our present law in the UK as I endeavoured to show in the previous blog with various examples.
However, what is happening in the UK today to protect UK workers against bullying in the workplace – NOTHING! There has been a lot of talk in the past by unions, MP’s and others, such as the great work by Tim Field and the Andrea Adams Trust to show the seriousness of the problem in the UK and how it is affecting the mental health of individuals and also the economy as well as business organisations and the efficiency of workplaces but still workplace bullying continues.
As well as the references I have referred to in previous blogs, see the speech made by John Robertson MP in 2008 on 16th December http://www.john-robertson.co.uk/2008/12/dignity-at-work/
Apart from this blog I have seen no recent campaigning from MP’s or unions to stop this evil practice.
We need to follow the example of other countries and learn from them. We must not give up fighting against this morally outrageous practice which needs to be made illegal.
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