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This legislation is intended to be preventative and not punitive. It’s about protecting all Albertans. It’s about ensuring that all employers and employees are familiar with what harassment is and what it is not, through the use of a robust harassment policy and training. For businesses, having a harassment policy in place will improve their bottom line. Currently, 50 per cent of businesses report a loss of morale and an increase in stress and depression due to workplace harassment. With a strong harassment policy in place, companies will see an increase in employee satisfaction, less stress leave, less sick leave, less employee turnover and an overall improvement in productivity. The ability for someone with a harassment complaint to fall through the cracks has not gone unnoticed in other jurisdictions. British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario recognize workplace bullying and psychological harassment in their legislation. It’s now time for Alberta to give the same protections to all its workers.

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