Tennessee is offering employers immunity from workplace-bullying lawsuits if they adopt the state’s model anti-bullying policy. The legislation was signed into law April 23 by Gov. Bill Lee (R).

H.B. 856 expands the state’s Healthy Workplace Act to include private employers, effective immediately, whereas it previously covered only state and local governmental entities.

The previous law, which Tennessee enacted in 2014, immunized governmental employers from state-court lawsuits alleging “infliction of mental anguish based on its employees’ abusive conduct” if the employer has adopted a model policy crafted by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote...