The U.S. is the last of the western democracies to introduce a law forbidding bullying-like conduct in the workplace. Scandinavian nations have explicit anti-bullying laws (since 1994). Many of the European Union (EU) nations have substantially more legal employee protections, which compel employers to prevent or correct bullying.
Britain, the home of the term "workplace bullying," has broader anti-harassment laws than the U.S. to cover bullying. Ireland has a strong health and safety code (2005) to address bullying.
Canada's first provincial law was enacted in 2004, the second in 2007, another in 2010, one in 2011, and the occupational health code for federal employees in 2008. In 2011, Australia even passed the first criminal law prohibiting workplace bullying.
Read more about the international movement by following the links below.
- Sweden (1994)
- Britain (1997)
- France (2001)
- Australia (2005)
- Ireland (2007)
- Australia (2011)
- Canada - for federal workers (2008)
Ontario Bill 168