OSHA Rule Would Reveal Rogue Employers

The truth of the adage that knowledge is power is evident in backlash against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed rule to publicize companies’ health and safety records. OSHA wants to eventually create a public web site containing workplace health and safety information. Businesses already have to report this information to OSHA and this … Continue reading “OSHA Rule Would Reveal Rogue Employers”

OSHA Suit Linked to Bullying

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has initiated what appears to be one of its first – if not its first – lawsuit involving  workplace bullying. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed the lawsuit earlier this month against a Fort Lauderdale business owner who fired a worker after the worker complained to … Continue reading “OSHA Suit Linked to Bullying”

OSHA: A Sleeping Giant Awakes?

Many countries around the world consider workplace violence to be an important worker health and safety issue but the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been oddly silent on this issue..  That’s why it is significant that OSHA recently cited a  Dallas company for safety violations following a robbery that resulted in the  horrific death … Continue reading “OSHA: A Sleeping Giant Awakes?”

OSHA Adopts Workplace Anti-Bullying Policy

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adopted a safety program for its own workers that includes a workplace anti-bully policy. The policy is contained in a 278-page document, the OSHA Field Health and Safety Manual, which was released on May 23, 2011. The manual outlines safety practices for OSHA’s field offices. It was … Continue reading “OSHA Adopts Workplace Anti-Bullying Policy”

Solutions Exist to End Workplace Bullying; What is Lacking is the Will to Act

What to do about workplace bullying? The Boston Globe published an article on the problem of workplace bullying recently that focused on a proposed state-by-state solution that has been touted since 2001 by Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute and Suffolk University Professor David R. Yamada, author of the proposed  Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB).  … Continue reading “Solutions Exist to End Workplace Bullying; What is Lacking is the Will to Act”

Wells Fargo Whistle-Blowers Wait for Justice

Among the casualties in the Wells Fargo Bank scandal are many employees who were allegedly bullied and fired for refusing to engage in unethical practices. What has happened to them since the news faded from the headlines points up a new scandal – the lack of any real protection for workers who refuse to engage in … Continue reading “Wells Fargo Whistle-Blowers Wait for Justice”

Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shootings

Update: As information has developed, it is apparent that Flanagan filed an earlier lawsuit  alleging race discrimination against a Florida television station in 2000. This appears to be the lawsuit that he refers to as having been settled out of court.  The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Flanagan complained that he and another black employee were referred to as … Continue reading “Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shootings”

Federal Agencies Study Workplace Bullying

While federal and state laws to address workplace bullying remain elusive, the U.S. government is moving forward to address the problem. The  U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently placed “nonsexual harassment” on its research agenda for 2015-2018.  In the past, the MSPB has focused on sexual harassment but it has not previously addressed the problem of general harassment or workplace … Continue reading “Federal Agencies Study Workplace Bullying”

Hollow Victory of Anti-Bully Law

The recent controversy over the passage of an anti-bully law in Tennessee provides more evidence that a national solution is the only viable way to combat the epidemic of workplace bullying in the United States. The Wall Street Journal recently reported upon the lack of enthusiasm for a new law passed by Tennessee’s legislature last … Continue reading “Hollow Victory of Anti-Bully Law”

Hockey Faceoff Raises Bigger Questions

This is an era that is challenging the violent foundations of America’s major sporting institutions. On a broader scale, it also is testing the extent of an employer’s responsibility to its employees. This week, ten former hockey players for the National Hockey League (NHL) filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging the NHL failed to … Continue reading “Hockey Faceoff Raises Bigger Questions”