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What right-thinking legislator would vote against a bill named “The Healthy Workplace Bill?” Unless you want a heap of new HR headaches to deal with, you’d better hope a lot of them do.

The reason: The Healthy Workplace Bill is the Orwellian name given to a new model piece of legislation—proposed in 13 states but not passed in any yet—that would make “workplace bullying” an unlawful employment practice and give victims the legal right to such employers that fail to prevent it.

Currently, bullying actions by bosses are only illegal if they’re based on the victim’s “protected” characteristic (race, gender, etc. under federal Title VII), or if the victim can claim intentional infliction of emotional distress under state law. But this legislation could open organizations to much broader liability. The bills typically don’t use the word “bullying,” but instead make employers liable anytime they fail to stop “abusive conduct th...(register to read more)

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