Tennessee was the 26th State to Introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill
and in 2014 was the first state to enact a bullying-related law
- The Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 1981 / Senate Bill No. 2226 was approved and the bill was sent to Gov. Haslam to become law.
- Said Gary Namie, "We praise passage of Rep. Parkinson's bill, making Tennessee the first state to acknowledge the dangers of abusive mistreatment of public employees -- state agencies to municipalities -- by taking the policy-driven approach adopted by a growing list of local ordinances throughout the country. During his consultations with us, he proved to be a true champion for working people." Rep. Parkinson is pictured on the left.
- Features of the law: Abusive conduct is defined as repeated verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, humiliation or work sabotage. Public sector agencies (all branches of state, county, metropolitan and municipal governments) are given an incentive to adopt the model policy to prevent abusive conduct in the workplace, which will be created before March 1, 2015 by TACIR, the Tennessee advisory commission on intergovernmental relations. Alternately, government employers may create their own policy if it (1) assists employers in recognizing and responding to abusive conduct, and (2) prevents retaliation against any reporting employee.
- HB 1981 was introduced on Jan. 27, 2014 by Rep. Antonio "2 Shay" Parkinson. It is titled the "Healthy Workplace Bill"
- SB 2226 was introduced by Sen. Jim Kyle on Jan. 27, 2014. The Senate bill is a companion bill to HB 1981 with identical wording.
- The first bills ever to be introduced in Tennessee made the state the 26th state to introduce our Healthy Workplace Bill.
|Rep. Antonio "2 Shay" Parkinson (D-98)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Rep. Joe Carr, Chair (R-48)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Rep. Dale Carr (R-12)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-65)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Rep. Richard Floyd (R-27)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Rep. Steve Hall (R-18)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Rep. Matthew Hill (R-7)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Rep. Larry J. Miller (D-88)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Rep. Antonio "2 Shay" Parkinson (D-98) -- Bill Sponsor||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Sen. Jim Kyle (D-30)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Sen. Jack Johnson, Chair (R-23)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Sen. Mark Green, 1st Vice-Chair (R-22)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Sen. Charlotte Burks, 2nd Vice-Chair (D-15)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Sen. Dolores R. Gresham (R-26)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Sen. Steve Southerland (R-1)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Sen. Reginald Tate (D-33)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Sen. Jim Tracy (R-14)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
|Sen. Bo Watson (R-11)||(615) email@example.com||Here|
|Sen. Ken Yager (R-12)||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org||Here|
HB 1981 became law on June 3, 2014. See provisions of the law described above.
HB 1981 and its companion bill SB 2226 were introduced in January 2014.
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