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Healthy Workplace Bill

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by Debra Falzoi on 17 November 2013

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Transcript of Healthy Workplace Bill

Work shouldn't hurt.
It shouldn't cause
severe anxiety
clinical depression
symptoms consistent
with Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder
harm on
personal relationships
But it does.
In fact, work has hurt for 37% of all workers.
Why?
It's simple.
Workers are legally allowed
to bully other workers on the job through...
false accusations
yelling, shouting, screaming
exclusion and
"the silent treatment"
withholding resources
necessary to do their jobs
behind-the-back sabotage
and defamation
put-downs, insults,
and excessively harsh criticism
unreasonably heavy
work demands
When workers report these problems,
most employers ignore the problem...
or make it worse.
6 in 10 employers, as a matter of fact
It's called workplace bullying.
(And it doesn't just hurt workers....)
It hurts business, too.
Workplace bullying reduces productivity
and lowers morale.
It creates more absenteeism
and turnover.
(Businesses can end up spending
double the salary when
they push a trained employee
out of his or her job.)
And the sickness part?
Well, that results in
higher benefits costs.
So what do we do?
Meet the Healthy Workplace Bill.
It fills a big gap in the law.
You see, most targets
of severe workplace bullying
have little or no recourse
under current law.
But the Healthy Workplace Bill
solves that problem.
It gives targets of
abusive, malicious,
and harmful bullying at work
a legal right to seek damages.
And it encourages employers to prevent bullying.
If the bill gets passed,
employers can respond to
bullying situations
to minimize their liability.
The bill also discourages
weak and frivolous claims, so minor cases won't clog our courts.
Sounds fair, right?
Legislators in other countries think so.
Australia, the UK, France, and Sweden
all have laws about workplace bullying.
In the U.S., we have laws against
abuse in the home
and abuse in schools.
Let's catch up with other countries
and combat abuse in the workplace.
The Healthy Workplace Bill
affirms human dignity.
It gives workers a right
to do their jobs
without disabling interference.
It encourages employers
to prevent behaviors
that destroy morale
and productivity.
It supports public health
by reducing mistreatment
that harms workers and their families
and adds costs to our benefits and
health care system.
In Massachusetts,
the Healthy Workplace Bill is
House Bill No. 1766.
So how do we change the law?
Well, we let our legislators know that we want change.
We tell them our personal stories
of how workplace bullies abused us
and how that abuse affects
our daily lives.
When you write your legislators in Massachusetts, let them know
that this is the bill you want
to become law.
You'll join
the national movement
that prompted 23 states
to introduce
the Healthy Workplace Bill since 2003
to help an estimated
53 million Americans.

That's roughly the combined populations of
Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California.

So act now.
Write your legislators.
Tell your friends.
Join the movement.

Help pass the Healthy Workplace Bill
for the employees
who still suffer from workplace abuse.

(And we don't mean just a bad day at the office....)
www.mahealthyworkplace.com
According to research, supervisors are the most likely to bully.
So it costs business.
See the full transcript