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Stamping Out Workplace Bullies

July 13, 2007
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Bullying is blamed for unnecessarily creating high costs of turnover, insurance claims and thwarted productivity. And anti-bullying bills keep cropping up in state legislatures. But employer attorneys say the way to deal with bullies at work is through existing harassment policies and statutes, not by enacting new laws.
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A Dozen Tips for Bullied Employees

July 13, 2007
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If employees feel they are being targeted by workplace bullies, here are 12 strategies they can use.
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Dealing With Workplace Bullies Tips for HR

July 13, 2007
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Assisting an employee who seeks help after describing an abusive situation can be tricky. The HR professional must be able to distinguish a bully from an earnest but perhaps difficult or even troubled supervisor.
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Running With the ‘Knuckleheads’

June 5, 2007
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Discrimination Liability Case Off Supreme Court Docket

April 19, 2007
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A closely watched discrimination case that the Supreme Court had been scheduled to hear April 18 has been withdrawn, leaving unresolved, for the moment, the question of whether a company can be held liable for discrimination by a subordinate supervisor, even if a higher-ranking official makes an employment decision unaware of the alleged bias.
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Senator Introduces Workplace Violence Plan

April 17, 2007
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The Survivors’ Empowerment and Economic Security Act would allow 30 days of leave for victims of domestic violence in the workplace so that they can appear in court, seek legal assistance and secure their homes and families.
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HSA Embezzling Case Is a Heads-Up for Employers

April 16, 2007
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In what is likely the first prosecution of health savings account fraud, the case exemplifies the caution benefits administrators must exercise when hiring third-party administrators to manage health care assets.
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Dunn Avoids Prison in HP Scandal

March 14, 2007
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A California state judge has dismissed charges of fraud against former Hewlett-Packard non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn for her role in the spying scandal that rocked Silicon Valley and sent shockwaves through boardrooms nationwide.
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Employee Misuse of Business Computers

February 9, 2007
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Despite a court’s decision, it is suggested that employers have policies that prohibit the use of company-provided Internet or computers for inappropriate purposes.
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Firms Say Labor Litigation Is Top Legal Concern

November 26, 2006
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A new survey finds that employment disputes continue to be the top litigation concern for companies. But experts say simple steps—including better listening—can help prevent workers from suing.
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