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Whistleblower Protection for Nurses in Health Care Reform Bill

Protected from Whistle Blowing by New Health Care Reform Bill

The "Health Care Reform Bill" that has been at the top of the news lately contains some good news for nurses, nursing home employees, and other health care workers who are suffering under a bullying boss or being harassed at work. Now this reform bill, which is actually named "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009," does not outright prohibit bullies in the healthcare workplace. Although it would be a good idea to catch the U.S. up with the rest of the civilized world, we're still a ways off from making it illegal to purposefully ruin another person's career. But, this law can be a another tool that you can learn to use in your fight against an unfair supervisor. Specifically, the Bill gives whistleblower AND retaliation protection to health care workers! The … [Read more...]

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Steps Toward Workplace Civility Law & Could You Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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In Episode #14 of the Hostile Workplace Podcast we review two recent cases, both of which point toward the federal courts gradual expansion of discrimination law, inching closer to requiring civility in the workplace. Ingrid Reeves v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (11th Cir., January 20, 2010) Indergard v. Georgia-Pacific Corp., (9th Cir., September 28, 2009) We also have a highly informative interview with Brian Therrien of Disability Digest. We've featured … [Read more...]

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New Work Laws Protecting You in 2009

With a new year come new laws that can protect you. At the Federal level, new laws went into effect on January 1, 2009 which expand the definiation of "disability" under the ADA, and extend and expand FMLA protection for people who have had a loved one serving in the military.  The Federal minimum wage will also go up on July 24, 2009 to $7.25 per hour. (Until then the Federal minimum wage is $6.55 per hour). At the state level, a bevy of new laws come into effect.  In California, for instance, new laws address meal and rest periods, pay for computer professionals, work comp reporting, and (during your commute) ban text messaging while driving. New laws in Illinois also expands the reach of both the FMLA and ADA as applied in that state, by making eating disorders qualify under the law … [Read more...]

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Stop Your Harassing Boss With Your Employee Handbook

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The Employee Handbook – Know the Rules and Your Rights By: Jenn S. When you first went to work for your employer, it is likely that you received an employee handbook, often referred to as an employee manual or a policy and procedure manual. If you did what you were supposed to do, you read it and then signed a document stating that you read and fully understood the rules and policies stated within. Though such “rule books” often seem like mindless paperwork you can easily plow through during orientation and then forget, they are much, much more than that. Instead of thinking of the employee handbook as all of the things that you can’t do or rules that restrict you, also think of it as what your employer has to so do for you. Key Employee Policies:  So what are the most important … [Read more...]