Earlier this week, the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee voted to re-refer HB 591, the bill that calls for state departments to set policy that addresses workplace bullying. The committee acknowledged there is a problem that needs to be addressed. However, they were not convinced about the language in the bill as it currently stands. The committee members want to work on the bill over the summer and present a modified version next year.
This bill was SEA member driven, as we have previously reported. A workgroup of SEA members including member State Representative Diane Schuett (bill sponsor) convened last year and helped draft and support this legislation. This workgroup is a prime example of what SEA members can accomplish by working collaboratively on an issue.
“We look forward to working with the NH House and Senate to make this a better bill,” said Marie Morgan, Chapter 44. “We are glad we were able to get this conversation started. We know this is an issue in many worksites. Such harassment takes place peer to peer, as well as supervisor to employee. This bullying results in stress related illnesses. It is not acceptable. And we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with legislators to make this bill better next year.”