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Mass. Bill Hearing Tuesday April 4

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

ALERT: The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development meets Hearing Room A2 at the State Capitol on Tuesday April 4 at 1 pm. Public hearing for S 1013.

Massachusetts has been one of the more active states in recent years with the re-introduction of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. The volunteer citizen lobbying group, Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, in concert with the public employees union, NAGE, have been the drivers of the years-long campaign.

The title of bill S 1013 is “An Act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status.” It makes abusive conduct legally actionable. Employers are vicariously liable if they fail to prevent or correct it.

The immediate goal after a bill is introduced is to have the committee chairs agree to schedule a public hearing in the committee to which the bill was referred. Now, early in the legislative session, the hearing for S 1013 is set. With a positive vote from the committee, advocates can work with the bill sponsors to get the senior leaders in each chamber to call for a floor vote for the bill. This has been the snag in years past.

WBI will call on its supporters to help compel key Mass politicians to agree to that floor vote.

For now, we want everyone to thank the prime sponsor, Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan
Her email:
Her office phone: 617-722-1230

Here is the list of all sponsors:

Diana DiZoglio, Frank I. Smizik, John W. Scibak, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., RoseLee Vincent, Thomas M. McGee, Louis L. Kafka, Barbara A. L’Italien, Lori A. Ehrlich, Daniel M. Donahue, Michael D. Brady, James J. O’Day, Aaron Vega, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Denise Provost, Jonathan Hecht, Bruce J. Ayers, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Brian M. Ashe, Chris Walsh, Ruth B. Balser, Danielle W. Gregoire, Steven Ultrino, Tackey Chan, Donald F. Humason, Jr., Brendan P. Crighton, John J. Mahoney, Dylan Fernandes, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, William N. Brownsberger, Russell E. Holmes, Jonathan D. Zlotnik, Kevin G. Honan, Joan B. Lovely, James B. Eldridge, Claire D. Cronin, David T. Vieira, Michael O. Moore, John C. Velis, Kevin J. Kuros, Alice Hanlon Peisch, James Arciero, Byron Rushing, Paul McMurtry, Paul Brodeur, Sal N. DiDomenico, Christine P. Barber

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Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill moves to House vote

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Massachusetts anti-bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill — HB 1766, passed the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. As of April 7, it is slated for a vote by all members of the House of Representatives. We all stand with the advocates on the ground there — the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates — wish them success. You can track progress on the bill at the MA State Page of the HWB website.

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Bottemly: Workplace bullying is rampant

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

By Torii Bottomley, Cambridge (MA) Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2013

Workplace bullying has become rampant because it is driven by a buyer’s market in jobs.

In my professional practice of teaching English as a Second Language in a public school, not only was I bullied and removed from my position in front of my hysterical students without reason, but I am increasingly experiencing highly qualified colleagues and students who talk about bullying scenarios. When I ask whether they are referring to sexual harassment, age discrimination or cause-based performance issues, they more frequently refer to being abused by not having access to shared information, harassment, intimidation and threats of poor evaluations and isolation.

I have highly performing colleagues who have lost their jobs or have been forced to quit due to a narcissistic manager who has enjoyed virtually unrestricted rein in threatening job loss or career damage.


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WBUR: David Yamada on the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

From Radio Boston, WBUR, July 2, 2013

Suffolk University Law Professor David Yamada on HB 1766 in Massachusetts, the Healthy Workplace Bill.

Listen at the WBUR Audio Archives

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MA Healthy Workplace Bill hearing – June 25

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The public hearing for Massachusetts bill HB 1766 is scheduled for June 25 by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Follow the status of the Healthy Workplace Bill in MA on the MA State Page. MA residents connect with the citizen lobbyists through the MA Healthy Workplace Advocates — links to MHWA on the State Page. Good luck to MHWA and NAGE lobbyists!

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Bills to Address Bullying by Bosses | Valley Post

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

by Eesha Williams, Valley Post

Bullying by bosses leads some workers to commit acts of violence, and causes stress-related health problems in many more workers. Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to pass a law against workplace bullying. Vermont is likely to pass similar legislation next year. Legislation in New Hampshire is stalled.


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Activity in Massachusetts

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Last week the Mass. Campaign passed a major hurdle. The House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling just favorably read out H. 2310 on April 5th and moved it directly to the House Floor for a 3rd reading. Thanks to everyone who has helped propel this movement forward!

Remember, the Mass state page always has the most recent activity and updates.

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Watch Deb Falzoi on the Miller Chat Show

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Deb Falzoi, one of the great Massachusetts HWB Co-Coordinators, was interviewed by Robbin Miller and Doris Livesay about the bill. Here’s the clip:


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Community Advocate: Anti-bullying proposal gains momentum in State Legislature

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Boston – The Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates announced March 5 that the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill – Senate Bill 916 and House Bill 2310 – has progressed from the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and is due to go next to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


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MA adds new Senate Healthy Workplace Bill

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Sen. Katherine Clark introduced S 916. It is the companion bill to HB 2310. Visit the MA State Page to thank her and to encourage the committee chairs to schedule a public hearing soon.

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