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Anticipating opposition to New Hampshire HB 591

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The WBI-Healthy Workplace Bill in New Hampshire, HB 591, sponsored by the State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984, will be heard in the House Labor Committee Tues. Feb. 19 (Details).

If the bill passes, protections against an abusive work environment (its definition in the bill follows the WBI definition of workplace bullying) would be granted to State workers. That means the opposition to the bill will not likly be led by the state chamber of commerce (the NH Business & Industry Association), though the bill is on their radar.

Principal opposition will be state agencies. The State is the employer who can be named liable for abusive practices that happen at their worksites. This alternate version of the bill has appeared in other states in past years. In each instance, State agencies make spurious claims that a new law is not needed. We contend that the HWB is necessary, given that bullying is so prevalent (35% of adult Americans experience it) when employers are free to exercise voluntary restraint.

Here is a six-pack of predictable objections and how to counter each.



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