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MobbingCauses, Consequences, and Solutions$
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Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380019.001.0001

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Policy and Legislation

Policy and Legislation

(p.258) 15 Policy and Legislation

Maureen Duffy

Len Sperry

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines policy and legislative strategies for preventing mobbing. Anti-bullying policies, which are fairly common, are distinguished from anti-mobbing policies, which are almost nonexistent. It is argued that the critical difference between them is the degree to which the policy includes the organization as a key player etiologically in the development of mobbing and, therefore, as a key player in its resolution and elimination. The essential components of a school anti-mobbing policy, with emphasis placed on the organizational responsibilities of school leadership, are described and analyzed, as is a workplace sample organizational anti-mobbing policy. A brief overview of existing U.S. legislation prohibiting school bullying and a report on legislative efforts to introduce healthy workplace bills offering legal protection and remedies for non–status based harassment in the United State is provided. Also discussed is a report about what other countries have done with regard to the introduction of anti-mobbing legislation.

Keywords:   mobbing, policy, legislation, anti-mobbing policies, organization, protection, remedies

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