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Nov 26 2014

Serious Issue, Serious Response

Canadian HR Reporter logoBy Jeffrey R. Smith

Workplace violence is something employers are acutely aware, thanks to a few unfortunate and well-publicized incidents over the past few years and changes in laws that have partly been spurred by such incidents. Legislation such as Ontario’s Bill 168 has placed a greater responsibility on employers to make sure employers are safe not just from occupational accidents, but threats from other people — whether co-workers, customers or other outside individuals.

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Nov 25 2014

Workplace Bullying a Taboo Problem

Workplace BullyBy Traci Pedersen

Approximately 35 percent of employees in the United States report being the target of a bully at work, and they tend to keep it to themselves, according to new research at Iowa State University.

“Many of the participants felt no one would believe them, or they were afraid of being labeled as a big cry baby or a whiner, so they didn’t tell a manager or someone else in the organization,” says Stacy Tye-Williams, assistant professor of communications studies and English at the university.

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Nov 24 2014

How to Deal with a Workplace Bully

highlighting bullyingBy Stephanie Hammerwold

Bullying has become a popular topic in the last few years. I think many of us can call to mind a coworker or manager who was unduly hard on someone. Maybe that someone was you. These people can have a huge effect on morale and often make it hard to come to work. As managers and HR professionals, we have a responsibility to address and eliminate this bullying behavior from the workplace.

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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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