March 11th, 2015

Massachusetts joins 2015-16 legislative fight to enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill


Mass. State Rep. Ellen Story, a staunch ally of the anti-abuse campaign for the workplace, has introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) for the 2015-16 legislative session. Rep. Story has been involved since 2004! Her latest contribution is House bill H 1771. This is the full version of the bill that carries employer liability for enabling and maintaining a toxic work environment in which employees can be subjected to health-harming abusive conduct.

Mass. joins New York State making only two states with current bills that hold employers accountable for the psychological safety of the work environment. Of course, the HWB grants good employers an escape from vicarious liability when they voluntarily take steps to prevent and correct abusive conduct. But toothless bills gutted by the state chambers of commerce (and others in the business lobby) share one common element — no employer liability.

The very effective WBI affiliates, theMA Healthy Workplace Advocates, were able to secure 57 co-sponsors. In years past, the group, working in concert with organized labor, NAGE, orchestrated successful committee hearings. Perhaps this year after another hearing, H 1771 can move to a floor vote and beyond … to the Governor’s desk.

We salute our Massachusetts volunteer State Coordinators and Citizen Lobbyists. Stay tuned.

You can track H 1771’s progress at the MA State Page of the HWB website.

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  1. Don says:

    Require release of all documents by companies and federal investigators to workers who report violations and then report they were bullied / retaliated against for speaking up. This will help prevent cover-up s and further retaliation especially if the company has political connections.

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