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WBI TN State Coordinator — Jackie Gilbert — plays key role in state policy creation

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Original story in the Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette

A Middle Tennessee State University business professor continues her push for a more civil workplace.

Dr. Jackie Gilbert, a professor of management in the MTSU Jones College of Business, joined forces with like-minded people across the state and nation to help craft legislation and guidelines that will help do just that within government agencies.

Gilbert was part of a group of advocates who helped shape the Healthy Workplace Act, which was signed into law in June by Gov. Bill Haslam. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, grants legal protection to those government agencies that adopt a model policy to combat abusive behavior in the workplace or craft comparable guidelines of their own.

The law applies to any agency, county, metropolitan government, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state. By enacting the law, Tennessee became the 26th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill and the first to pass it. The national grassroots legislative movement began more than a decade ago to get workplace anti-bullying laws passed in every state.

“Respectful interaction at work is a priority,” said Gilbert, who has incorporated anti-bullying concepts into her teaching. “This law is going to set the stage for providing some guidance for what is acceptable and what is not acceptable at work.”

Gilbert is a member of Tennessee Healthy Workplace Advocates, which worked toward passage of the bill. She was recently appointed to serve on a workplace civility workgroup that is advising the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, or TACIR, on developing a model policy for Tennessee’s state and local governments. The legislation requires that a model be in place by March 15, 2015.

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Tennessee: Progressive? Still Racist?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A good news / bad news tale. First, the good. On June 3, the Gov. signed a law encouraging public sector employers to adopt policies to address abusive conduct, the way WBI defines workplace bullying. Kudos go to brave Rep. Antonio Parkinson who took the full version of our Healthy Workplace Bill through several committees. The bill did not survive intact, but the state is the first state to adopt a policy-driven approach taken by several counties and cities across the country. Read the details at the TN State Page of the HWB website.

Sadly, on the same week, Memphis WREG-TV-3 reported the Jim Crow era-like conduct of a white supervisor at a cotton warehouse toward black workers. No water fountain, no microwave, the days of segregation were good! The owner said he “outsources management services.” Watch the story that is the basis of an EEOC discrimination case.

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Tennessee Lawmaker pushes Healthy Workplace Bill

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Tennessee Rep. Antonio Parkinson, sponsor of the Healthy Workplace Bill

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Flurry of Healthy Workplace Bill activity in NY & TN

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This week in anti-bullying legislative news:

Albany, New York
Tuesday March 18 at 1 pm
LCA Room, Legislative Office Building

Advocates for New York bills: A4965 & S3863

- Assemblyman Steve Englebright & Senator Diane Savino, bill sponsors
– Mike Schlicht & Tom Witt, NY Healthy Workplace Advocates
– Randy Goldberg, President CSEA Local 658, Albany
– John Richter, Mental Health Assoc in NY State (MHANYS)
– Citizen advocates

Press contact: Elizabeth Nostrand for ASM Englebright – 518-455-4804

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Nashville, Tenneessee
Tuesday March 18 at 1:30 pm
Legislative Plaza Room 12
State Capitol complex

Public hearing for SB 2226
Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
Chair Sen. Jack Johnson, Vice-Chair Sen. Mark Green, and Vice-Chair Charlotte Burks

Contact these Committee members using our E-Z Letter e-mailing tool on the TN State Page of the national Healthy Workplace Campaign website.

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Nashville, Tenneessee
Wednesday March 19 at Noon
Room HHR 30, State Capitol

Public hearing for HB 1981
House Local Government Subcommittee.
Chair, Rep. Joe Carr

Contact Rep. Carr and HB 1981 Rep. Parkinson using our E-Z Letter e-mailing tool on the TN State Page of the national Healthy Workplace Campaign website.

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Tennessee becomes 26th state to introduce anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bills

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

In the Tennessee House, Rep. Antonio Parkinson introduced HB 1981, the Healthy Workplace Bill to combat workplace bullying. Sen. Jim Kyle simultaneously introduced the companion bill, SB 2226.

Both bills mark the introduction of Tennessee to the legislative fight against workplace bullying. It is the 26th state to have taken this step since we began the campaign in 2003 in California.

Visit the Healthy Workplace Campaign website for details and specifically the Tennessee State Page for new bill details.

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