Posts Tagged ‘Chamber of Commerce’
Monday, March 11th, 2013
By Monica A. Stahly of Willcox & Savage
“Workplace bullying” is a somewhat novel and undeveloped employment law issue. However, it’s gaining traction, and attorneys and employers alike are taking note of emerging trial strategies, proposed legislation to regulate workplace behavior, and ways they can proactively promote a professional culture of civility.
Workplace bullying is not illegal—usually. Managers and employees can “legally” insult, intimidate, humiliate, threaten, deliberately ignore, and gossip about other coworkers, and they can engage in a whole slew of other offensive behaviors as long as the intended victim is not a member of a protected class. That means any employee who is not targeted based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, disability, or age is hard pressed to find a legal remedy for workplace mistreatment. However, some relatively recent cases highlight how employees are starting to carve out a legal niche for workplace bullying claims.
Monday, May 28th, 2012
People ask why our Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) legislation in the U.S. states has not yet been passed into law in any state. Not for lack of trying, of that we are certain. People who only casually observe politics are not aware of the power the business lobby exerts in each state. Here’s a mini-lesson about the current landscape in which gay marriage can pass but a bill prohibiting health-harming abusive conduct faces nearly insurmountable obstacles.
Tags: Chamber of Commerce, Cuomo, Healthy Workplace Bill, HWB, SHRM
Posted in Fairness & Social Justice Denied, Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), Tutorials About Bullying | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment (
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
On June 11 in the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor, a hearing will be held for House version of the paid sick leave bill called the Healthy Families Act [In the House, it is HR 2460 (Rep. Rosa DeLauro, CT) and in the Senate it is S 1152 (Sen. Edward Kennedy (MA)]. The modest bill would guarantee 7 paid sick days per year for workers at businesses with 15 or more employees, to be used to recover from routine illness, care for a sick family member, or seek services to recover from domestic violence.
The folks at MomsRising.org want you to sign their petition alerting your U.S. Rep and Senators to support the respective bills. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will certainly fight this pro-employee health bill. They will claim it interferes with employers’ ability to “compete.”
Read the related report exposing America’s dismal denial of paid sick leave.
Tags: Chamber of Commerce, DeLauro, Healthy Families Act, HR2460, Kennedy, MomsRising, occupational health, S1152, sick leave
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