Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill Update, 1/27/11

The Healthy Workplace Bill, legislation that provides targets of severe workplace bullying with a legal claim and creates incentives for employers to prevent and respond to bullying at work, is being filed in the 2011-12 session of the Massachusetts legislature, with Representative Ellen Story and Senator Katherine Clark serving as lead sponsors.

What you can do

State House Day, Thursday, Feb. 3

On Thursday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m., supporters of the Healthy Workplace Bill are gathering in front of the Main Staircase (2nd floor), where they will be broken into smaller groups to ask their State Senators and Representatives to sign on to bill. All supporters of the HWB are invited to attend and participate.

To RSVP, please contact the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates at: info@mshealthyworkplace.com.

Contact your state legislators

Between now and Feb. 3, contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to sign on to the Healthy Workplace Bill:

Ask your State Representative to sign on to House Docket No. 2872

Ask your State Senator to sign on to Senate Docket No. 1446.

To find your state legislators, go here.

Join the campaign

To join the campaign to enact the HWB in Massachusetts, go to the website of Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates.

Many thanks

I’ll be posting updates regularly, but for now let me close with thanks to Senator Clark and Representative Story for their support and appreciation for the work of SEIU/NAGE in taking lead roles on behalf of this important legislation.

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More information

For those from other states who would like to support the HWB, please go to the national campaign website.

I drafted the HWB several years ago after concluding that existing legal protections for targets of workplace bullying were severely inadequate. Those who want to learn more about more about workplace bullying and the law, including the Healthy Workplace Bill, may find useful this paper that I presented at a Massachusetts Bar Association program two years ago (link here). My longer scholarly analyses can be downloaded from this page on the blog.

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