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Benefits Pro: Workplace bullying legislation repeatedly defeated

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

By Scott Wooldridge, Benefits Pro, March 3, 2014

Public awareness of workplace bullying has never been higher, thanks to high-profile cases such as the one involving Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Yet none of the more than two dozen states that have taken up the issue has actually passed any legislation to tackle the problem.

A recent survey found that 93 percent of Americans support legislation that would offer protections against bullying at work. The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Workplace Bullying Institute, found that 27 percent of Americans report having experienced abusive conduct at work. Another 21 percent say they have witnessed such behavior. Overall, 72 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the issue of workplace bullying.

“Everybody has a story,” said Gary Namie, co-founder and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute. “It is an epidemic. When you count witnesses, 65 million people in the workforce know firsthand what (bullying) is about.”

The Incognito-Martin case brought workplace bullying into the spotlight.

Martin accused Incognito of bullying him, and then left the team. A lawyer hired by the National Football League to investigate the matter recently released a report concluding that Incognito “engaged in a pattern of harassment” of Martin.

Namie and his Bellingham, Wash.-based institute have been working on the issue for more than 20 years, but he said that the Incognito-Martin case caused “a tectonic shift.”

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Success: Bullies at work

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

By Jessica Krampe, Success, Nov. 20, 2013

Think about bullies and you imagine the schoolyard or, in the wake of the Miami Dolphins’ scandal, the locker room. The stereotype bully is a big doofus or a “mean girl” who uses an unfair advantage to brutalize or denigrate a weaker counterpart.

Bullies grow up—and not all get drafted into the NFL. They go to work just like the rest of us. Like the stereotype, they seek to undermine a weaker person to gain power. Unlike the stereotype, workplace bullies aren’t meatheads; they’re often politically astute, possessing strong leadership skills and the capability to ace a performance evaluation, according to research.

Could you have a bully in your organization? Quite possibly, experts say. Would you know it? Not necessarily.

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SHRM: Workplace Bullying Laws on the Horizon?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

By Ron Maurer, SHRM, July 16, 2013

Since 2003, 25 states have introduced workplace bullying legislation that would allow workers to sue for harassment without requiring a showing of discrimination.

Critics contend that these laws would encourage frivolous lawsuits. Could they protect workers from bullying while not opening up employers to scores of meritless claims or imposing a civility code on the workplace?

“In fact, workplace bullying may lead to the boldest proposed change in U.S. employment law since the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,” said Lori Armstrong Halber, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Fisher & Phillips.

“We all agree with the concept that there shouldn’t be jerks in the workplace, but the issue is whether we can legislate that,” said Rick Grimaldi, a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., offices of Fisher & Phillips. “The whole concept is difficult to get your head around when you think about how expansive this could be. Every disgruntled employee becomes a potential plaintiff.”

Presently, bullying by itself does not violate Title VII or any other anti-discrimination law.

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No employer-provided health insurance? Wait until 2015 (maybe)

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to Pres. Obama, was the one to announce that employers will have an extra year to not provide employees with health insurance if they do not now. The White House chose to make the announcement the day before July 4 on Jarrett’s blog. The headline read: “We’re Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law.” Too bad they don’t listen to workers without insurance whose immediate health problems require medical attention! But in America, as in no other major industrialized nation, without insurance people don’t have affordable access to doctors, clinics or hospitals.

Jarrett wrote:

“As we implement this law, we have and will continue to make changes as needed. In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right,” she said in a post on the White House blog. “We are listening.”

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation 2012 Survey of Employers: 94% of employers with 50-199 employees provide some sort of health insurance (albeit with high deductibles and premium sharing); 98% of employers with over 200 employees make insurance available. Then, why the delay? Implementation of the law (passed back in 2010) will affect only employers with 50 or more employees.

SHRM, the HR trade association sure was happy, telling their members:

HR professionals across the country are celebrating today, not just in anticipation for Independence Day, but because of the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement of a one year delay in implementing the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Thought you’d want to know who has the ear of the President.

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HR supports assault on workers – approves employers overtime theft

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 created the policy that working more than 40 hours per week entitled workers to compensation at one and one-half their pay rate for each hour worked in overtime. Unions enjoy that benefit. Unionized workers can work overtime and accept “comp time” converted to paid time off at the 1.5 hour rate. Non-unionized workers do not have the same benefit.

Now comes the 2013 version of a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress since 1998, unabashedly mis-titled “Working Families Flexibility Act.” Chris Hayes of MSNBC (in the video above) calls it “Orwellian.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) calls it a “cruel hoax on the American family.”

On April 11, the “Workforce Protections” Subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee (called Education and Labor under Democratic chairmen) held a hearing on the bill, H.R. 1406. Read the text of the bill here.

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Oops: 56 percent of US employers do NOT have workplace bullying policies

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

UPDATE: To write a great workplace bullying policy and enforcement procedures, go here.

When fuzzy facts (first generation distortion) are allowed to pass for actual data and circulated widely by media (2nd gen distortion) they used by critics to undermine the anti-bullying campaign. Let’s clear the air about current American employer engagement in stopping workplace bullying.

SHRM (the HR trade association) conducted a 2011 study about workplace bullying and reported results in Feb. 2012. The non-scientific survey of members had a low response rate of 15% (the final 401 respondents meant SHRM randomly polled 2,673 members). The results shed light on HR’s view about the prevalence of workplace bullying policies in the U.S. When asked if respondents’ organizations had specific anti-bullying policies in place, 44% of HR respondents defiantly stated their organization has “no policy and has no plans to put a workplace bullying policy in place.” The answer, “No, but we plan to put a formal policy in place in the next 12 months,” was chosen by 13%. Another 40% said, “Yes, our workplace bullying policy is part of another workplace policy.” Only 3% of SHRM members said “Yes. We have a separate workplace bullying policy” in our organization.


Actual slide from 2012 SHRM survey results from which 56% statistic was plucked


You can download the slide show from here.

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Coverage for “Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying” article

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The original March 1 article written by Sam Hananel of Associated Press was carried by the following news outlets:

Note: Broken links are the result of original sources dropping the content. You can always read the full content at this WBI blog.

ABC News | CBS News | Fox News-The Five | Fox-4-TV Dallas-Fort Worth | WLUK-TV-11 Green Bay | WWLP-TV, Springfield, MA | WKRG-TV-5 Mobile AL | KOMO News Seattle | KSDK St. Louis | KWTX Waco, Temple, Kileen (TX)

The Washington Post | USA Today | MSN | Yahoo News | Yahoo Finance | The Christian Science Monitor | Boston Herald | Seattle Post Intelligencer | San Antonio Express News | San Diego Union-Times | Las Vegas Sun | The Oklahoman | The Olympian (WA) | Free Press Burlington, VT | The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Mattoon, IL | Modesto Bee (CA) | Times Union Albany NY | Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN | Long Island Business News | The News Journal, Delaware | Times-News Erie, PA | The Spectrum, Southern, Utah | Associations Now | Arizona Republic | The Tennessean | Oswego County, NY Palladium-Times | Toledo Blade | CNY Central | Madison.com | North Jersey Record | Mondaq.com (HR, Canada) | The Columbus Dispatch (OH) | The Detroit News | Logan Banner (WV) | St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

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AP: Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying
by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, March 1, 2013

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.

“One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling, ‘Why did you do that?’” said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.

Fiester doesn’t have to worry about those tirades anymore, but she hears lots of similar stories in her current role as operations manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she often fields questions about the growing issue of workplace bullying.

On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.

“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”

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Battle for the WBI Workplace Bullying law always uphill

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Healthy Workplace Bill

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.

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HR says workplace bullying declining

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

SHRM, the Human Resources professional trade association, released results of a non-scientific workplace bullying survey based responses from 400 members on Feb. 28, 2012. Remember, the phenomenon is seen through the lens of HR staff. Here are the major findings to compare and contrast with the national scientific survey conducted of adult Americans, last done in 2010 by WBI.

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