Nov 21 2014

Termination Upheld for Workplace Violence Threats

Norton Rose Fulbright logoBy Michael Torrance

In the recent decision UFCW, Local 1400 v Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd, 2013 CanLII 82240 (SK LA), a Saskatchewan arbitration board upheld the dismissal of a long-term employee for workplace violence and harassment threats.

The grievor worked as a Hanger in the employer’s poultry processing plant. He had been employed for five years, which was a lengthy period of employment for the workplace which had high turnover. In September 2011 the grievor was suspended 3 days for elbowing another employee in the chest and yelling and swearing at him. In May 2012 the grievor threatened to come at the same employee with a knife and threatened to assault and kill them. The grievor was terminated in June 2012 and grieved the termination.

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Nov 20 2014

Attacks on Nurses, Health-care Workers Spark Alarm

The Augusta Chronicle logoBy Walter C. Jones

Nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and other health-care workers get punched, bit and slammed into walls while doing their jobs, and a legislative panel is considering whether to increase penalties in order to protect them.

The attacks come from patients, their family and even gangs seeking revenge, according to testimony various witnesses gave Tuesday to a House-Senate committee making a study of violence against healthcare workers. Trade associations for hospitals and nurses requested the legislative inquiry.

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Nov 19 2014

French Chefs Struggle to Break Silence on Workplace Violence

French chefBy Joseph Bamat

A handful of famous French chefs are starting to draw attention to harassment and physical violence they admit is too often part of the work culture in restaurant kitchens.

Renowned chefs, including Cyril Lignac, participated in a panel discussion on Monday in Paris to discuss violence – often psychological and verbal, but sometimes physical – frequently endured by young and apprentice cooks.

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Nov 18 2014

Are You a Victim of Workplace Bullying?

Sad WomanBy Sarah Baker

If you were bullied in high school, you might be all too familiar with what it felt like being teased, pushed around and even threatened. You may experience some moments of relief while in college; no bullies around, great! Graduation comes and goes, then it smacks you in the face. You start your new career at your new office, and the same mean girls (hypothetically) are back at it with the snickering, gossip, and bad intent.

How do you deal with this? How can you possibly enjoy your new job and even your life when feelings of isolation and rejection come flooding back? We took the time to ask behavioral specialist Dr. Erin K. Leonard, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. questions about bullying in the workforce, and how we can stop it.

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Nov 17 2014

ON: Enforcement an Issue with Workplace Violence and Bullying

Saying no to bullyingBy Mark Sabourin

Lisa Barrow is an Assistant Professor at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, and the author of two books on workplace bullying. “I don’t think that the legislation holds individuals accountable to the extent that it could,” says Barrow. Specifically, the province does not respond to worker complaints about harassment or violence, she says. Instead of sending in an inspector, the province urges the complainant to pursue the matter internally with the employer. Without a complaint-based enforcement program, it is not having the impact on workplaces that it should, she says. Bill 168 has laid a solid foundation, “but there is much work to be done,” says Barrow.

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Nov 14 2014

Canada: Nearly Half of Workers Feel Bullied On the Job Read

careerbuilder.comPress Release

From the playground to the classroom, bullies are everywhere – even the workplace. A new study reveals that 45 per cent of Canadians feel they have been bullied in the workplace, with bosses being the most frequent tormenters.

The nationwide survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of from May 13 to June 6, 2014 and included more than 400 workers across industries and company sizes.

Of those who have been bullied, more than a quarter (26 per cent) have left a job because they felt bullied, yet the same number say they feel bullied in their current position (26 per cent).

“Our results showed that, despite the prevalence of workplace bullying, many workers do not come forward to report it, and many of those who do feel their complaints aren’t heard,” says Mark Bania, Director of CareerBuilder Canada. “Workers should feel comfortable coming forward if they feel they are being bullied, and employers should take these complaints seriously, as they can lead to larger problems that affect not just the individual employee, but the entire organization.”

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