A recent article in the April 15th edition of Corporate Counsel exposes some interesting statistics regarding workplace bullying. According to the Workplace Bullying institute, whose 2014 survey is cited in the article, as many as one in four employees—37 million people nationwide—have been the victims of bullying in the workplace. Victims are disproportionately women and people of color, regardless of the perpetrators involved. These findings coincide with a new California statute that requires supervisory employees to receive training about abusive conduct. Though this legislation should not be considered an outright anti-bullying law, and though no other state to date has enacted anti-bullying policies, there is certainly a powerful anti-bullying movement afoot in the United States, and for good reason. If you have not amended your workplace rules to include explanations of what workplace bullying is, how it will not be tolerated, and what actions the employer will take in order to remedy or to eliminate bullying, then you are not living up to your obligations as a responsible employer in the 21st century. If you need any advice or counsel on revising your handbook, please contact Howard Kurman by clicking here. Other topics covered in the second Telebrief® of April include updates on NBC’s suspension of Brian Williams, developments in the National Labor Relations Board’s policies regarding unions, and the outcome of the recent case between the EEOC and the Ford Motor Company. To read more or to listen to the April 22nd Telebrief®, or to listen to past installments, please click here.
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Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.
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