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
www.workplacebullyingcoalition.org Continue reading

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

Top 3 Myths of Workplace Bullying

mattice Catherine Mattice, MA is the President of Civility Partners, LLCCivility Partners a consulting, training and coaching firm that provides system-wide solutions for ending bullying and replacing it positive workplace behavior.  Below is a must read excerpt form Mattice’s  book, BACK OFF! is a great resource for targets of abuse looking for tips to help navigate the workplace and make informed choices.  Continue reading

National Coalition Forming To Combat Workplace Bullying

Op-ed re-printed from Courier News – CentralJersey.com (Gannett), November 21, 2013

Workplace bullying is an important 21st century issue widely covered in the media and the internet. It is estimated to affect one-half of American workers, either as a victim or an observer of workplace bullying.

Columnist Jay Jefferson Cooke’s Nov. 10 article on bullying between football players prompted me to write this letter. Having tried workplace bullying cases in the NJ Workers’ Compensation Court before my retirement, I know that severe psychiatric injuries can result from workplace bullying; especially, when others gang up on the victim or condone the actions of the perpetrators by their silence. Employers also suffer negative consequences such as reduced productivity of its employees and increased medical expenditures.

Recently, a group of individuals from academia, law and the public with personal interest in the topic formed the National Workplace Bullying Coalition (NWBC), formerly known as the NJ Workplace Bullying Coalition, to take action on the issue. Continue reading