Healthy Workplace Bill slated for Jan 27 hearing in Massachusetts

The Healthy Workplace Bill, introduced in Massachusetts as Senate No. 699 (2009-10 session) by Senator Joan Menard (D), Assistant Majority Leader, has been slated for a legislative hearing on Wednesday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room A2 of the Massachusetts State House.

Support Requested

We are seeking organizations and individuals willing to testify (a 3-minute statement is the norm) and/or submit written statements in support. Please contact me at david_yamada@yahoo.com if you would like to do so.

Because of the short time periods allotted to speakers, I will be limiting my testimony to why I drafted the bill and what it attempts to accomplish.  We need others to add their reasons for why this legislation is necessary, including personal stories.

Planning Meeting

Also, we are holding a meeting on Thursday, January 14, 6 p.m. to plan for the hearing.  Please contact me if you would like to attend and I will include you on a mailing list announcing details and updates.

Background Info

I’ll be posting more very soon, but for background information about the bill’s introduction in Massachusetts (including a link to the full bill), please read this previous blog post, “Workplace bullying bill introduced in Massachusetts”: https://newworkplace.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/workplace-bullyin-bill-introduced-in-massachusetts-legislature/

Supporters of the bill may want to bookmark our bill website at: www.mahealthyworkplace.com/

For an extensive history behind, and explanation of, the Healthy Workplace Bill, see my forthcoming law review article “Workplace Bullying and American Employment Law: A Ten-Year Progress Report and Assessment,” a draft of which can be downloaded here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1507950

4 responses

  1. Pingback: Workplace bullying bill introduced in Massachusetts « Minding the Workplace

  2. As an out-of-state supporter of the Healthy Workplace Bill, what can I do to help get it passed in Massachusettes? I am just becoming active with the NJ Bully Busters group and am anxious to do whatever it takes to see this bill get passed in every state! My story is different from most only in that I worked for a small business and had no heirarchy to go to. The bottom line remains the same: I was bullied for 15 years and forced to flee after being attacked. Because the attack was verbal no one in this state regards it as anything more than a “personality conflict.” My “second-class citizen” status is unacceptable to me. I deserve the same rights the “protected class” has already won. Let me know what I can do. Thank you for all your good work.

    • Mary Ann, the best thing anyone from out of state can do to help the chances of bill passage in Massachusetts is to urge anyone you know who lives in Massachusetts to contact their state legislators and urge them to support Senate Bill 699. Massachusetts is definitely a state where the elected officials listen to their own constituents, but citizen lobbying from out of state is highly unlikely to have a positive effect except for very unusual, very public situations. Thank you for your support and for your work in the Garden State! David

  3. To Dr. Yamada – Please put me on your mailing list for the upcoming Massachusetts legislative hearing on workplace bullying. I teach management course at UMass-Boston and would like to attend but despite being an ex-HR exec with many war stories about the subject, I doubt I would add anything distinctive to the testimonials you are trying to gather.

    I am working on the final draft of a paper I hope to get published in a magazine aimed at HR practitioners (my preferred audience)about how to go about IDENTIFYING dysfunctional toxic(see Lubitt)bosses. In it I mention the attempts of you and others to make bullying bosses vulnerable to protected class actions. gene remoff

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