Did Victim of Workplace Bullying Fake Mental Injuries?

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This disturbing article by Noel Towell in the Sydney Morning Herald presents the story of a man who claimed an abusive boss left him in need of electroshock therapy countered by the healthy picture of this same man on surveillance DVDs gathered by his employer: Continue reading

Town Updates Workplace Violence Policy to Prevent Bullying

How hard is it to protect your employees and bottom line from workplace bullying? One upstate town in New York simply expanded their workplace violence policy.  Read this week’s article by Nancy Fischer in the Buffalo News (3/4/14):

City policy on workplace bullying is adopted by Council in North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA – Bullying has gotten a lot of attention among schoolchildren, but hostile work environments and bullying behavior in the workplace are now being addressed by a bill in the State Legislature.

In advance of the proposed legislation, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously adopted its own measure Tuesday, updating its 2009 Workplace Violence Prevention Policy with specific language to address bullying.

The Council did not discuss the policy, but Mayor Robert G. Ortt said after the meeting that bullying is a “real deal” that goes beyond schools, even to the case involving the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League.

“I think if you are going to ask kids to behave a certain way, there’s no reason not to expect adults to behave in the same manner,” Ortt said. Continue reading

New Jersey Takes On Workplace Bullying With April 4th Convention!

Registration is now open!

WORKPLACE BULLYING: SEEKING SOLUTIONS

Friday, April 4, 2014: Rutgers School of Law-Newark, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

matticePART I – EMPLOYERS’ & EMPLOYEES’ PERSPECTIVES [Noon to 3pm]

Featuring: Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR
Author – “BACK OFF! Your Kick Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work”

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greenstein_colorPART II – WORKPLACE BULLYING: LAW IN NEW JERSEY [3pm to 5pm]

Featuring: NJ State Senator Linda Greenstein
Sponsor – Healthy Workplace Act S280

In Partnership with Rutgers Institute for Professional Education (IPE) and Rutgers Labor and Employment Law Society (2.0 Continuing Legal Education credits)

Full Program & Registration Links
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Kansas Joins Push For New Ways To Address Workplace Bullying

…It is the purpose of this act to insure that every state agency has a policy in place to address and correct workplace bullying…

Kansas has joined the growing number of States seeking out new legislative solutions to ensure dignity in our workplaces. The Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) is pushing to get House Bill 2720, through their State Legislature to protect public workers from psychological abuse.  Click on this link to watch the Fox News report featuring KOSE speaker, John Bates.  Excerpts from the bill featured below  call on the state to adopt and enforce comprehensive workplace bullying policies.  Kudos to KOSE! We need this protection in the private sector too. Continue reading

Investigation Says “Mistreatment of Martin is Consistent With A Case Of Workplace Bullying”

Below is an excerpt from the much anticipated report that was released today. Or, you can download it here and read the whole 148 pages [link]:

3. The Mistreatment of Martin Is Consistent with a Case of Workplace Bullying

We find that the harassment of Martin bears many hallmarks of a classic case of bullying, where persons who are in a position of power harass the less powerful. It may seem odd to some that Martin, a professional football player with imposing physical stature, could be described as a victim of bullying or harassment, but even big, strong athletes are not immune from vulnerability to abusive behavior. Continue reading

ON THE MOVE: New Templates For Workplace Bullying Legislation

[New Hampshire] SEIU’s member-driven workplace bullying legislation to protect public employees, HB 591, passed last month’s Senate vote. Rather than a “stand alone bill” it’s smartly tagged as part of the Whistle Blower’s Protection Act.  

Included in the welcome changes to the bill’s language that the Senate approved are:  Continue reading