Healthy Workplace Bill: Are We Ready to Legislate Civility?

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On May 12, 2010 the New York State Senate passed a bill "establishing a private cause of action for abusive work environment." In other words, this bill outlaws workplace bullying. While seemingly well-intentioned, this bill imposes additional requirements on already strapped employers, especially small employers, and may make it more difficult to let employees go. New York is one of 18 states that have introduced a version of the "Healthy Workplace Bill" being promoted by the Workplace Bul...
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