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.
SEIU Local 1984, representing New Hampshire State workers, has engineered passage of HB 591 (a unionized version of the full Healthy Workplace Bill) in both the House and Senate. Senate passage by voice vote was recorded on Jan. 30, 2014. The bill returns to the House to reconcile differences in amendments.
Visit the NH State Page to thank all bill sponsors, especially Rep. Diane Schuett.
By Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News, Jan.
Workplaces have bullies just like schoolyards, but bullied workers generally have fewer legal protections than school children. State and federal laws do not prohibit bullying in the workplace, as long as it does not constitute discrimination or certain types of harassment.
But calls for legislation outlawing the activity have grown louder since last fall when the topic grabbed national headlines after an NFL lineman accused a teammate of hazing and bullying.
Advocates said more than one-third of U.S. workers experience bullying, and the public is finally beginning to understand its prevalence and harm.
“It’s very serious because it destroys people’s health, jobs and careers,” said Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute, an educational and research nonprofit in Bellingham, Wash. “It’s a major, major problem, but it’s not illegal, so employers don’t have to deal with it.”
A wonderful video produced by the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, affiliates of ours working hard to make the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill state law there.
Please share this video on your social media pages!! Spread the word.