A new private member’s bill is taking aim at bullying in the work place.
Alberta New Democratic Party MLA for Calgary-Klein, Craig Coolahan, is the person responsible for Bill 208 forward to the legislature. He spoke on the Alberta Morning News and said he had two main reasons for coming up with the bill.
“First of all, Alberta is one of the few provinces that doesn’t actually recognize psychological harassment or bullying in the work place and the other thing was that a constituent of mine in Calgary-Klein had come to me with a story in which she felt that she had been bullied for quite some time in her work place and was really unable to get it resolved or get any action towards making it stop and making her situation at work better.”
Coolahan said most companies have a human resources department to handle issues such as harassment or bullying in the work place, but he believes there needs to be something else for people who feel their issue isn’t being resolved.
“Now they’ll have the ability to actually file a complaint with occupational health and safety. Now, what this does is allows an occupational health and safety officer, just like any infraction under OH and S, to come and do a third party investigation.”
Coolahan said this bill is what Albertans want.
“They endorsed this bill for many reasons. First of all, they don’t want to see people bullied at work. Secondly, in terms of businesses, this is really going to help their bottom line. We’re talking less attrition, less turnover, much more engagement at work from their employees. Businesses really see this as helpful.”