Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Workplace Bill’
Friday, February 10th, 2017
Every two years our State Coordinators begin anew the long process of getting introduced the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, pushing for a public hearing in the committee to which the bill gets referred, organizing people to testify at the hearing when scheduled, resisting proposed amendments to gut or undermine the spirit of the bill, pushing for a positive committee vote, then lobbying all members of the sponsoring chamber (House/Assembly or Senate) to pass the bill AND when this all is done, do it again in the other chamber!
Thus, it is a long way from simply introducing a bill to enacting the bill as state law!
The new 2-year legislative session in states (except in New Jersey) begins. Two states are on the board with introduced versions of the HWB.
Washington State SB 5423 by prime sponsor Senator Maralyn Chase, long a champion of the bill from her tenure as State Representative. Visit the WA State Page and write your support to all the sponsors.
West Virginia HB 2169 by prime sponsor Delegate Barbara Evan Fleischauer, also a repeat supporter.
Be sure to use the E-Z mailer on the State Pages to send messages to sponsors. They need to hear that people are out there hurting, needing this legislation to move.
Tags: Barbara Evan Fleischauer, HB 2169, Healthy Workplace Bill, Maralyn Chase, SB 5423, Washington State HWB, West Virginia HWB, workplace bullying institute
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Thursday, February 18th, 2016
WV State House Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, along with 8 co-sponsors introduced the Healthy and Safe Workplace Act (the Healthy Workplace Bill). West Virginia was the 9th state to ever introduce the HWB.
It is HB 4363.
Find all the details at the West Virginia State Page at this HWB website. Contact info for all sponsors and all four committee chairs is provided for West Virginians to thank and implore legislators to pass the bill.
Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Rhode Island Sen. Frank Ciccone, long-time labor advocate, introduced SB 2377 on Feb. 10, 2016. It is the Healthy Workplace Act of 2016, the full version of the WBI Healthy Workplace Bill. Four other state senators signed on as co-sponsors.
SB 2377 makes Rhode Island the 30th state (and 32nd legislature in America) to introduce our bill.
Now it’s on to the Senate Labor Committee where it awaits a public hearing.
Visit the Rhode Island State Page for details and information about all the sponsors and committee chairs.
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
ATTENTION WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENTS — ACT QUICKLY
Eleven Washington State House Representatives have sponsored the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (HB 2894). Another 11 state Senators of both parties are sponsoring the Senate companion bill (SB 6532). The HWB defines health-harming abusive conduct and makes it unlawful for employers to allow it to happen.
This marks the return of the legislation to Washington, absent since 2012. Washington was the 4th state to ever introduce the legislation.
Contact information for all bill sponsors and committee members can be found there. You can also volunteer to testify or help the State Coordinator get the bill through committees and floor votes in a very short legislative session. TIME IS VERY LIMITED!
Monday, April 27th, 2015
Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Cohen, along with seven co-sponsors, introduced HB 1041 on April 21, 2015.
PA joins other states — Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and Minnesota — with versions of the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) that include employer liability for enabling a health-harming abusive work environment.
In 2015 alone 11 bills have been introduced in 10 states. Since 2003, 29 states and two territories have introduced some version of the HWB.
If you are a Pennsylvanian, go to the State Page for all contact information for lawmakers — co-sponsors and the key members of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Thank sponsors and encourage committee leaders to hold a public hearing for the bill, HB 1041.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Minnesota State Rep. Debra Hilstrom introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill — HF 2228 — on April 16. Co-sponsors soon joined her: Reps. Nelson, Slocum, Fischer, Shultz and Carlson.
Both bills, SF 1932 and HF 2228, were referred to committees in their respective chambers.
Read the details on the Minnesota State Page.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Utah HB 216, sponsored by Rep. Keven Stratton, sailed through the House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert. The training mandate law drew its definition of abusive conduct from the WBI Healthy Workplace Bill:
“Abusive conduct means verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of an employee to another employee that, based on its severity, nature, and frequency of occurrence, a reasonable person would determine is intended to cause intimidation, humiliation, or unwarranted distress or results in substantial physical or psychological harm as a result of intimidation, humiliation, or unwarranted distress; or exploits an employee’s known physical or psychological disability.”
The law requires state agencies to train supervisors and employees about how to prevent abusive conduct. Biannual training must include the definition of abusive conduct, its ramifications, resources available and the employer’s grievance process. In addition, professional development training will also cover ethical conduct and leadership practices based on principles of integrity. The law takes effect July 1, 2015.
Trace the bill’s route through the legislative process. WBI thanks the sponsoring Representative, Sen. Ted Weiler who ushered the bill through the Senate, the Governor, and State Coordinator Denise Halverson and citizen lobbyists who participated in committee hearings.
Utah is the second state to pass a training-only law to begin to address abusive conduct in the workplace. Utah’s bill is superior to Calfornia’s training-only bill of 2014.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
This Time, It’s Personal
Will legislation to protect employees from workplace bullying stifle demanding managers?
By Steven Yoder, Comstock’s, March 31, 2015
Carrie Clark, 63, says bullies aren’t confined to playgrounds. Sometimes, they run the whole school.
In 1995, Clark directed an English as a Second Language program in West Sacramento’s Washington Unified School District. An influx of foreign students was forcing her staff to work ever-longer hours. She wrote several reports to the district superintendent documenting the extra load and asking for more help. She got no response, she says. So her teachers union representative suggested she put together a petition signed by program staff.
That got a reaction, but not the one she wanted. The superintendent took Clark off of the school’s committee of department chairs and canceled and consolidated classes. Clark says he called her house and left an odd, garbled message, and one day after a meeting, he followed her into an empty hallway. Towering over her, his face a foot from hers, he screamed that he wanted “no more petitions!”
Scared, Clark quit a few weeks later. She developed tremors in her right side, which she still has, started having heart palpitations and couldn’t sleep. Today, when she talks about what happened, her speech slows to a crawl and her voice quavers like a warped record. A Sacramento occupational medicine specialist diagnosed her with a post-traumatic stress disorder related to her job. After a 20-year teaching career, she’d never set foot in a classroom again. In 2002, she won a $150,000 workers’ compensation claim against the district.
There’s evidence that the superintendent targeted others who crossed him. He took a job in a district near Yuba City, and in January 1999 the teachers association president there told The Valley Mirror that the superintendent verbally threatened her and that she’d asked a court for a restraining order. She also told a reporter that she was having panic attacks for the first time in her life. (The superintendent, now retired, keeps an unlisted phone number and didn’t respond to a certified letter sent to his address requesting an interview.)
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Sen. Ron Latz a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party introduced SF 1932. Its first reading was today, March 23. SF 1932 is the complete version of the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill.
Minnesota tried the HWB back in 2011, but the bill went nowhere.
This 2015 bill was referred to the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
In 2015, Minnesota becomes the fourth state to introduce the full bill, joining Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. Four other states amended the full bill and introduce some variation.
WBI thanks Sen. Ron Latz. Visit the MN State Page of the HWB website for details. And WBI recognizes the efforts of our volunteer State Coordinators — Jill Jensen, Debbie York & Scot Adams — who successfully lobbied for its introduction. Next step … a public Committee hearing. Stay tuned.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
By Sherill Gilbert, Times-Argus, March 3, 2015
Since 2007, the healthy workplace bill has remained on the committee’s wall. Each new biennium this bill has been re-introduced. In January, Sen. Anthony Pollina has once again sponsored the bill. In the midst of budget issues, the talk of cutting jobs and programs only furthers the need to pass this bill. The bill would not require the state to fund this bill. It will increase productivity; it will mean employees would thrive in a safe and healthy environment; it will mean fewer sick calls and a decrease in errors. Perhaps even more important would be improvements to the morale and loyalty of staff.
For the state this would translate into more tax revenues to help lessen Vermont’s money woes. I am sure many of you are asking how this could be.
Bullying has been estimated to cost the United States $300 billion that is passed on to goods and services, including health care. Bullies are extremely costly as well as a threat to the targets, families, community and health of the economy.