The Australian government is considering new tough penalties against workplace bullying

A national advisory service found that workplace bullying is “widespread” and has led to some workers taking their own lives or becoming permanently disabled. An estimated 6.8 per cent to 15 per cent of Australian workers have been bullied, costing the economy between $6 billion and $36 billion each year. A House of Representative committee has proposed a uniform national approach to address workplace bullying, including an agreed definition of what constitutes bullying behaviour. Labour MP Amanda Rishworth, who chaired the inquiry, said society could not ignore the seriousness of bullying in the workplace. ”The psychological and physical detriment to health that bullying had and, of course, the cases that led to suicide were the shocking part for me because it really indicated the seriousness of this,” she said.

[Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald]

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