Disappointing but not surprising: The Society for Human Resource Management, the nation’s largest association for human resources professionals, has come out against the Healthy Workplace Bill. As reported on the Workplace Bullying Institute’s website:
The advocacy group for Human Resources (HR) issued an alert for SHRM members in June 2010 to oppose the NY versions of the HWB. In brief, Bob Carragher, SHRM’s manager of government relations (chief national lobbyist) and Susan Corcoran, NY state legislative director (state lobbyist) claim our legislation is “bad for business and bad for New York.”
The law firm of Jackson Lewis
Susan Corcoran, mentioned in the excerpt above, is an attorney and partner at Jackson Lewis, a management-side labor law firm well known for its aggressive anti-union tactics and strategies. As described by American Rights at Work:
Jackson Lewis presents itself as a reputable “national workplace law firm,” yet under its polished veneer lies a for-profit unionbuster. In fact, Jackson Lewis is one of the oldest and largest union avoidance law firms in the nation. Jackson Lewis counsels businesses on labor relations strategies that prevent unions from entering the workplace. By operating in the shadows of corporate unionbusting campaigns, the firm remains virtually unknown to the general public.
HR and workplace bullying
It’s a shame that the nation’s leading association for HR professionals opposes legal protections for workers who have been subjected to malicious psychological abuse at work. Then again, perhaps that says something about the overall state of the HR profession right now.
As I pointed out in one of this blog’s most popular posts, “HR was useless”, in workplaces where the leadership is insular, insecure, exclusionary, and secretive, it is more likely that the HR office is there to cover for and protect the top leaders from hassles, scrutiny, and accountability. Unfortunately, these are the kinds of places where bullying — especially of the top-down variety — is likely to thrive.
Indeed, it remains telling that out of the scores of severely bullied workers who have shared their stories with me, not one has said anything like, as horrible as this was, at least HR was there for me. Think of how many HR professionals at lousy organizations have been complicit in the destruction of careers, livelihoods, and human psyches.
Read why the Healthy Workplace Bill actually is “HR friendly” in this post here.