Q: Is workplace bullying illegal in the United States?
Generally, it is not. At this time, state and federal laws do not cover workplace bullying. Anti-bullying laws, known as Healthy Workplace bills (HWB), have been introduced by 28 legislatures (26 States and 2 Territories). Tennesse passed a Healthy Workplace Act in May 2014 designed to curb verbal abuse at work by making public-sector employers immune to bullying-related lawsuits if they adopt a policy that complies with the law. The law applies only to public-sector employers. each year, more and more legislative support occurs for Healthy Workplace bills.
Helpful information may be found at:
http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/ and 2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/.
Q: I have a business overseas. Are there workplace bullying laws I must comply with?
Yes. Numerous countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, and the Middle East have prohibited workplace bullying and harassment.
Q: I would like a checklist for workplace bullying and discrimination for a specific country. Is that available?
Yes. Please contact me for a legal or audit checklist for a specific country. Also, if you would like a free generic workplace bullying checklist, contact me and I will email you one.
Q: Who should know about workplace bullying?
Many people--employers, supervsior, managers, human resource professionals, lawyers, insurers, employees and Union members should be aware and informed of workplace bullying requirements.
Q: Is the book suitable for use as a coursebook?
Yes! It was used as a coursebook for 'Workplace Bullying-Waiting on the World to Change' at the University of Iowa (Dubuque) in 2014 and will be again this winter.
Q: Do you offer online training? I am in the process of developing country specific online training for numerous countries with laws prohiiting workplace bullying. I am also developing a webinar.
Q: Are you interested in feedback on the book?
Absolutely. Please contact me with any comments, suggestions, case studies, or personal stories you wish to share. I will attempt to respond to all comments. Any information on workplace bullying developments is always appreciated.
Q. When is the book updated? The book is updated annually.
I continually welcome news of new laws and developments in the workplace bullying, violence, harassment, discrimination and stress fields anywhere in the world, so please contact me!