Workplace Bullying and specifically the Healthy Workplace Bill promoted here at Campaign headquarters were featured in a May 2012 presentation titled “Hot Topics on D&O and Employment Practices Liability” at the University of Chicago conducted by four corporate employment attorneys.
After an honest review of what HWB does for employers and for workers and what it does not do, the advocates for employers said
Employers are wise to get ahead of this trend and address workplace bullies in a proactive manner. Whether HWBs are passed …, current personnel policies should be examined to ensure that bullying is prohibited, that there is a policy in place for employees to report such misconduct, and that all reports of bullying (whether they are based on protected characteristics or not) are taken seriously.
Good for them for saying this. We at the HWC are glad that employers are starting to hear from their own advisers that bullying should be taken as seriously as civil rights violations. That’s one of the two goals of the legislation.