Here are a couple of items for your perusal, sent on a cool November day in Boston:
1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution on workplace bullying — As a followup to the Fulton County (GA) Commission’s adoption of a workplace bullying policy covering all county workers (blog post here), AJC editorial page writer Rick Badie pulled together a package of op-ed pieces on workplace bullying by Gary Namie (Workplace Bullying Institute), Sameer Hinduja (Florida Atlantic University), and yours truly. Here’s his lede:
Last week, Fulton County banned bullying in the workplace, making it a firable offense. The director of a workplace institute praises Commissioner Bill Edwards, who proposed the rules for addressing the harm bullying inflicts on victims and the work environment. While a criminal justice professor applauds anti-bullying policies intent, he says they aren’t an instant answer. And another professor suggests that Georgia adopt legislation geared to deter bullying.
2. Coming attraction: NWI handbook for MA workplace bullying targets — Early next year, the New Workplace Institute will release a short handbook for workplace bullying targets in Massachusetts, containing basic information on employee benefit programs and obtaining legal advice. Kimberly Webster, a Northeastern University law student who is interning with the Institute, is the lead researcher and author, with editing and drafting assistance from me.
The handbook will provide information on workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, Family and Medical Leave, Social Security disability, health care coverage, and legal options, as well as guidance on sorting through these possibilities. As the numerous disclaimers will make clear, the handbook will not substitute for obtaining legal advice, but it may lead people in the right direction for accessing available assistance. Also, because much of the relevant information is state-specific, the handbook will be of limited use to people in other states.
The employee benefits and legal situation for bullying targets is far from ideal. However, we hope that this short handbook, which will be available for a nominal fee, will illuminate the options. We also hope that it will serve as an example for those in other states who wish to develop a similar project.