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March 30th, 2017

WC Board agrees with widow that bullying at work caused husband’s fatal heart attack

P.E.I. Widow Awarded Benefits After Husband’s Death Linked to Workplace Bullying
By Sally Pitt, CBC News, March 30, 2017

A Prince Edward Island widow has been awarded benefits after her husband’s death was linked to workplace bullying and harassment.

“I said that from the get-go,” said Lisa Donovan. “I believe that Eric’s workplace bullying and harassment was the reason that my husband had his heart attack.”

Donovan got the ruling from the Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I (WCB) in December 2016, after three years of complex legal proceedings to decide whether the WCB or the P.E.I. Supreme Court should hear her claim, and then whether the bullying that was alleged could be considered a workplace accident.

Donovan’s lawyer Jim Macnutt said, despite an extensive search, this was the first case in Canada he could find of any death being linked to workplace bullying or harassment.

‘Twisted journey’

“It took me on this twisted journey that took me three years to navigate, and it was difficult and it was expensive and it was heart-wrenching, and frustrating,” said Donovan. “It was an uphill battle all the way.”

The benefits awarded by the Workers Compensation Board to Lisa Donovan have not been made public.

They include funeral costs, a lump sum for death benefits and monthly payments to cover survivor benefits, based on a percentage of his pensionable salary.

Without this decision, Donovan would have been eligible only for a percentage of his workplace pension.

Surrounded by memories of her late husband and the life they shared together with their two children in her Hazelbrook, P.E.I., home, Donovan reflected on her loss, and the journey she’s been on since he died.

“I thought I would be more, I don’t know, relieved, proving it,” she said. “It still doesn’t bring Eric back, it doesn’t change what happened, but it does give me some sort of closure I guess, some acknowledgement that this experience has happened to us.”

Eric Donovan was 47 when he died after a cardiac arrest. He’d spent 17 years with Queens County Residential Services (QCRS), a not-for-profit organization that runs nine group homes and a number of programs in Charlottetown for about 130 intellectually challenged adults.

According to his widow, he loved his job and had “a special way” with clients, helping them feel more comfortable and more involved in the community.

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March 30th, 2017

New WBI online poll

For anyone currently employed: How, if at all, did the 2 years prior to the 2016 election and its aftermath affect your workplace?

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March 29th, 2017

UK Guardian newspaper seeks your workplace bullying story

A journalistic trend in recent decades has been the reliance by American progressives on international press outlets to tell the truth about our own country. One such source has been the UK-based international paper, The Guardian. They have a US edition with US based reporters and columnists. But if readers want to see how the US actions are perceived around the world, best to read the world edition. Official government pronouncements have always been designed to portray the US in the most positive angle. However, under Trump, facts are only one optional account of decisions made and actions taken. The Guardian is more important to Americans than ever.

The Guardian’s focus this week on Workplace Bullying for an entire week illustrates the paper’s boldness. Workplace Bullying, in fact, is a British term coined by the late pioneer Andrea Adams. The national prevalence is 31% (the US prevalence is 27%).

The paper is soliciting stories of workplace bullying from April 3 to April 6. Begin the submittal process with their encrypted online form.

While on-site, consider subscribing to help support the caliber of journalism rarely seen in the US.

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March 22nd, 2017

Boss abhors “snowflakes” – won’t hire ’em

A brash owner of a small marketing firm in Manchester, Connecticut is making news by describing his hiring interview strategy. Unapologetic about being comfortable leveling applicants with personal questions not related to performance — thus demonstrating his loathing of “political correctness” — he gives what he calls the “snowflake test.”

“A snowflake is somebody who is going to whine and complain and come to the table with nothing but an entitled attitude and an inability to back their perspective,” Kyle Reyes, owner of Silent Parner Marketing, told the Fox Business Network. “Snowflake is a mentality.”

“Snowflakes” don’t get hired. The company says this on its About Us page: “Political correctness be damned. We are who we are and have what we have because of a greater good. We might call that greater good by different names…but faith is an integral part of who we are.”

Using Reyes’ reasoning, victims of sexual harassment and bullying, who complain, would be “snowflakes.” In other words, he won’t hire anyone who if abused or harassed would complain.

Gee, with a boss like him, wondering what are the odds that something wrong, unlawful or unethical will happen????

There are surely alternative marketing companies in New England to work for. Good luck.

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March 20th, 2017

Another characterization of lying. Can we be frank?

A 2005 book from Princeton philosophy professor emeritus Harry Frankfurt

The pdf version.

Fareed Zakaria’s books and CNN Sunday Show, GPS.

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March 17th, 2017

Irish Prime Minister Tutors Trump on Immigrants

“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He, too, was an immigrant. And though he is of courst the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also a symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants. Thirty-five million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed. And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”

Enda Kenny
Prime Minister Ireland
St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

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March 16th, 2017

To the Irish

“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He, too, was an immigrant. And though he is of courst the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also a symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants. Thirty-five million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed. And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”

Enda Kenny, Prime Minister Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

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March 12th, 2017

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March 12th, 2017

Survey halfway funded — Can you help?

If the information found at this website, or books written by us, or videos we made helped you understand your workplace bullying experience, please consider helping fund the WBI 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey.

On March 12, we hit the halfway mark toward the $4,000 goal!!!!

Details found at the GoFundMe page. Any small amount helps. Thanks in advance.

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March 12th, 2017

GOP gives employee genetic testing to employers and insurers

Voluntary wellness programs by employers are great. Smoking cessation, on-site gyms or paid gym memberships, weight loss clinics — all good. However, the disappearing ACA (Obamacare) has a provision allowing employers to give employees incentives for participation in a wellness program, such as reductions in employee insurance premiums.

The provision was well-intentioned but based on bad information. [Ever notice how often this happens by lawmakers? And this was before the truth-sinking delusion bunch from trumpland.] Seems then-president Obama believed Safeway, the grocer, when its CEO claimed his corporation had kept health care costs down thanks to its wellness program.

Now comes a House bill introduced on March 2 (H.R. 1313) by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). She exploits the benign wellness loophole to allow employers to require genetic testing of employees AND their family members in fishing expeditions to discover predictable costly diseases. With results in hand, insurers could cap coverage payouts when those diseases manifest themselves. [Obamacare forced insurers to lift caps. Trumpcare would restore limits, protecting insurers.]

Of course, in 2008, the list of protections for individuals expanded beyond race and sex to include personal genetic information. It is illegal to discriminate against persons based on such information. According to the proposed new law, HR 1313, an employer who offers health insurance and a wellness program is immune from the violation of the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

There’s nothing “conservative” about Foxx’s desire to invade a person’s genetic code and the employee’s family. We need a new descriptive term for Republicans not bothered by such non-conservative (dare I say radical?) measures.

Politico quotes Foxx as saying, “I’m going to push to diminish the role of the federal government in everything it’s in that isn’t in the Constitution. That’s education, health care. All the things that the federal government does that it should not be doing. I’m happy to diminish its role.” The proud Tea Party member doesn’t see the hypocrisy of her proposed law.

While we are led to fixate on outrageous tweets, the GOP is marching steadily to reverse various forms of progress in civil rights made in the last 40 years. Watch what Congress is doing its numerical majorities in the House and Senate.

The bill’s co-sponsor is Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).

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