The enactment of this proposed bill would generate policies inhibiting employees and employers in government and non-government offices from performing acts that would cause lasting damages to their peers and co-workers. This will mandate all offices to adopt a policy on anti-bullying in workplace is to promote workplaces that are free from any form of discrimination, judgement, without any influence of one’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, social status, or age.
The bill has been pending in the Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation since July of 2016.
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What classifies as office bullying:
- Physical harm
- Emotional and mental harm
- Profanities, name-calling, negative comments on how a person looks and dresses
- Spreading of rumors, false news, and gossips against an individual
- Management by threat and intimidation
- Taking of undue credit
- Preventing access to workplace, career, and office opportunities
Other features of the legislative measure:
- Anonymous reporting
- Disciplinary action will be applied to those who make unfounded accusations
- For NGOs and Business Establishments: Department of Labor and Employment
- For Government institutions: Civil Service Commission
The Secretary of DOLE and Chairperson of CHR will prescribe appropriate administrative actions. Erring non-government offices and business establishments may also suffer the penalty of suspension of their permits to operate when they fail to follow the rules prescribed by the legislative measure.
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House Bill 815: Anti-Office Bullying