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2013-14 Legislative Session News

Illinois was the 15th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill


  • Senator Ira Silverstein (D-8), introduced SB 2943, a bill to prohibit workplace bullying, on February 4, 2014. The bill requires an employer to establish a workplace bullying policy and file it with he Department of Labor. It subjects businesses in violation to pay a fine.
  • SB 2943 was referred to the Labor and Commerce Committee

Endorsements

The following organizations have voiced their support for previous workplace bullying legislation in Illinois.


Bill History

2012

HB 942 introduced, then died in the Rules Committee.

2009-2010

HB 374 (Rep. Art Turner, original sponsor) passed the Labor Committee (15-7) but a House floor vote was not taken. HB 374 was co-sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang D-16th District, Rep. Greg Harris D-13th District and Rep. Eddie Washington D-60th District. The Illinois Association of School Administrators opposed HB 374 in 2009.

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 40. To address bullying at non-public-sector employers, Rep. Turner authored House Joint Resolution HJR 40 which creates the Illinois Task Force on Workplace Bullying to study workplace bullying in the private sector and the impacts of that conduct and shall submit a report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2010. Members of the Task Force will be state lawmakers. HJR 40 passed the Labor Committee (22-0) on 4/29/09 and was Adopted by House floor vote (114-0) on April 30, 2009! The resolution creates the Task Force on Workplace Bullying.

SB 3566 (Sen. William Delgado) passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 17 on March 18, 2010, making the bill only the second version of HWB to have passed any state's chamber floor vote (NY Senate also passed a bill in 2010). Senate Chief Co-sponsors were James Clayborne Jr.and Iris Martinez and Co-sponsor Deanna Demuzio. SB 3566 previously passed the Senate Labor committee by a vote of 6 to 2. The bill never was voted on in the House Labor Committee.

June 7, 2010: In Memoriam for IL Healthy Workplace Bill Sponsor. Illinois House Rep. Eddie Washington (D-60-Waukegan) died suddenly on Friday June 4 at age 56 of a heart attack. He is survived by seven children and his wife, Flor. Read local news coverage. Mr. Washington picked up sponsorship of HB 374 when Art Turner, the original House sponsor, stepped away. Sen. Delgado carried the bill in the Senate and it was amended dramatically. After the bill passed the Senate on March 18, 2010, Eddie Washington fought hard inside the House Labor Committee to have the bill retain its integrity. We looked forward to his strong, principled support in 2011. There will be other sponsors to take his place, but no one will replace him as husband, father, mentor, and friend. He will be missed. All of us at WBI extend our condolences to the Washington family.

Lobbyists for the Illinois Family Institute (Ralph Rivera also represents Pro-Life Action League) and Concerned Christian Americans (Rev. Vanden Bosch) (both groups were original opponents of the Healthy Workplace Bill when it was HB 374) convinced lawmakers that they had the right to amend our bill to exempt individuals expressing their "religious voice" from being accused of bullying. In fact, these extremists are anti-gay and have stated on the CCA website:"Many of the 'Bullying Programs' are actually being used to promote and protect homosexuality in the workplace." SB 3566 was amended to include accomodating language.

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*Note: Coordinators cannot give advice and are not equipped to help those currently bullied at work. Visit WBI to find resources for bullied targets.


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