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Workplace Bullying

Anti-bullying order used to stop employer from finalising a misconduct investigation and taking disciplinary action

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What orders can the FWC make? The FWC can make binding orders when it is satisfied that a worker has been bullied at work and there is a risk that the bullying will continue. The possible orders are far-reaching. To...more

Bullied to death? PEI WCB awards benefits to widow after finding a link between workplace bullying and fatal heart attack

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The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island recently awarded WCB benefits to the widow of a worker who died of a heart attack in November 2013. The worker had suffered a workplace back injury a few months earlier...more

Damages in bullying claims – the stakes are rising even higher

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The Victorian Supreme Court recently issued a stunning decision awarding an employee over $600,000 comprising $210,000 for pain and suffering and the balance for lost past and future income, despite the employee having a...more

They Are Unhappy Out There

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many workplaces are not happy and bullying at the workplace appears on the rise, so the November 2016 Psychosocial Safety Climate and Better Productivity in Australian Workplaces Report and the Bullying and Harassment in...more

U.S. and International Employers: Now Is the Time to Reaffirm Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

No doubt walking a difficult line in the wake of the election results, human resources professionals are tasked with cementing their companies’ position as equal opportunity employers. At the same time, female employees,...more

New Alberta Bill 208 seeks to provide protection against workplace bullying

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On November 9, 2016, Calgary MLA Craig Coolahan introduced Bill 208, Occupational Health and Safety (Protection From Workplace Harassment) Amendment Act, 2016. This Bill seeks to address workplace bullying by introducing...more

Lessons About Bullying from the Presidential Debate

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have been conducting harassment prevention training for California clients since AB 1825 became effective back in 2005. After presenting what must be hundreds of sessions in the last decade, I am always on the look-out for...more

Enough is enough - stopping bullying in the workplace in Australia

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Bullying at work has long been recognized as a problem. The potential negative consequences are endless, including risks to health and safety, adverse impacts on culture and morale, increased absenteeism and turnover, damage...more

Getting Past “Not Horrible”: Addressing Office Bullies is Good for the Bottom Line

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A Dallas jury recently awarded a verdict of more than a million dollars to a vocational nurse based upon her claims of sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. While it appears that verdict will not...more

Lessons in dealing with an “equal opportunity” harasser

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A new opinion released by the Tenth Circuit provides practical tips to employers dealing with multiple employee complaints alleging generalized harassment and/or discrimination throughout the workplace....more

EEOC's Select Task Force Study of Harassment Provides Robust Training Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last month the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued a long-awaited report. That report is a four-part, 88-page document — meaning digesting the report is a hefty task. Fortunately, the...more

Harcèlement moral : la fin de la responsabilité automatique de l’employeur sur le terrain de l’obligation de sécurité de résultat

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

La Chambre sociale de la Cour de Cassation, par un arrêt rendu le 1er juin 2016 (Cass. soc., 1er juin 2016, n°14-19.702) applique en matière de harcèlement la jurisprudence « Air France » relative à l'obligation de sécurité...more

Bullying in the workplace in France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA

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There are important differences between the approaches that different countries take to address the issue of workplace bullying. This OnPoint provides an overview of the approaches taken in France, Germany, Russia, the UK and...more

Threats, And Rumors Of Threats, Enough To Overturn Union Election, Court Says

Your kid plays a joke on you, and you respond, “I’m gonna kill you” while laughing at the joke. Idle threat, or serious? A co-worker tells you she will slash your tires if you vote against the union. Idle threat, or...more

NLRB Rejects General Employee Behavior Standards in Code of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its assault on employer handbooks and other policies it considers to impede employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Last month, the...more

Screening for psychopaths – managing the front end of workplace bullying

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

When it comes to managing bullying in the workplace, the focus tends to be on dealing with the bullying behaviour after it has occurred or at least after the bully has started work. But are there ways to stop bullies from...more

Fashion Law - Autumn/Winter 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

The business of fashion is exciting, fast paced and driven by passionate and creative people. But it is important to remember that it is just that – a business. While creativity and passion are integral to success in the...more

Putting The Smackdown On Workplace Bullying

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)© is recognized all around the world for body slams, suplexes, and super kicks. WWE recently introduced a new type of tag team partnership: a national partnership with the Boys and Girls...more

What Can Employers Expect from the 2016 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 3, 2016, the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on May 4, 2016. Numerous proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be unleashed...more

Bullying in the Workplace – What Employers Need to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

What happens when an employee reports a bullying incident on the plant floor or in the office, or for that matter, while at the company’s holiday party? Is that something that corporate management need to be concerned about?...more

EEOC to Hold Third Public Meeting of Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment

Two Panels of Experts Will Discuss Wide-Ranging Bases of Harassment; Use of Social Media to Combat Harassment - WASHINGTON--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of...more

Corporate Divorce Series: An Employment Relationship Fail

Few of us can honestly say that our job never disappoints us and the same can probably be said of personal relationships. But how do you know when you are in a failed employment relationship and what do you do about it?...more

Multi-Prong Strategy Essential to Preventing Workplace Harassment

Panel of Experts Identify Practices That Can Curb Harassment at Public Meeting of EEOC Select Task Force - LOS ANGELES - Placing pressure on companies by buyers, empowering bystanders to be part of the solution, multiple...more

Death threats and unfriending – what is bullying?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Bullying behaviour comes in all shapes and sizes. Identifying and deciding how to respond to diverse bullying behaviour by a worker (or workers) can create challenges for employers. Recent headlines have cautioned that...more

When a Manager Makes Even One Stupid Comment after an FMLA Request, the Employer Pays the Price

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

How would you like to work alongside Jim, who engages in the following behavior: He makes a habit of telling co-workers what they are doing wrong, using a degrading tone of voice, and instigates arguments when doing...more

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