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The Healthy Workplace Bill -

-does not regulate business

-does not create new regulation or regulating body

            (private legal action only)

-does not require a state function costing state money

-is not a job killer

            (reduces turnover)

            (does not undermine legitimate business interests)

            (reduces workers’ compensation claims)

-will not tortify the workplace

            (95 to 99% lose rate for plaintiffs)

-will redirect misguided discrimination claims

-will save costs to employers and employees

-will not create a new class of victims

            (bullies create the victims)

            (victims have always been there; silence is broken)

-will not dilute civil rights/discrimination law

-will be a pro-employer law

            (no vicarious liability if policy is in place)

            (protects managers’ rights)

            (holds bully accountable)

            (gives employer a solution)

            (can solve “loose cannon” problem)

-voluntary control

            (presently self-destructive without laws)

-provides incentive to pursue self-interest to help their bottom line

-closes the loophole on “status blind” harassment (woman on woman)

 

Do employers have to be abusive to conduct business?

This bill:

Clarifies and codifies presently ambiguous law. 

Fixes a loophole in the law.

Helps avoid legal exploitation by unscrupulous employment lawyers representing employees seeking millions for discrimination cases.

Greatly limits employer liability by setting $25,000 ceiling of compensation for injured employee.

Protects employers from false allegations of psychological harm to employee by requiring documentation from “a competent psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist.”

If bullying is not happening, why would employers fear this law?

Present law leaves culture of the workplace open to interpretation by those in power.

 
The REAL Job Killers:
 
                             ~ Lack of Affordable Housing
                              ~Rising Healthcare and Health Insurance Costs
                              ~Unbridled Corporatization of America
                              ~Rampant Bullying in the Workforce
                              ~Worker's Comp Claims by Abused Workers
 
 

The California Chamber of Commerce strives to suppress most progressive legislation in our State. Using the title "Job Killer" as a political wedge issue, the Chamber continuously challenges ALL bills designed to improve labor law, environmental protection, tort reform, landlord/tenent law, consumer protection, and insurance reform.  Apparently, members of the Chamber do not work for anyone, live in glass houses away from the environment, never need to sue others, own their own homes, purchase goods and services elsewhere, and have no need for insurance due to their excessive wealth. 
 
"Business groups labeled 45 Democratic bills as  'job killers' early in 2005. Only 8 of them made it to Schwarzenegger's desk," according to Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee  [9/14/05].  Walters goes on to say, "...the 2005 session will go down as an oddity."  Apparently, very little gets done at the Capitol these days due to this imposed repression of legislation by the Chamber of Commerce.
 
In fact, losing jobs from the State of California is a myth!  The California Employment Development Department announced in March 2006 that our jobless rate is the lowest in 5 years. Only manufacturing and information industries are losing jobs, going to unbridled global corporatization. Farmers, hotel and restaurant owners complain they have a terrible time finding workers. Roofers are in very short supply, largely because undocumented immigrants are increasingly afraid of hiring on and workers compensation costs are suppressing the industry, in general.  
 
Nationally, 53 percent of small businesses do not offer employee health benefits, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. Labor shortages are expected to grossly impact small business in 5 years as 70 million Baby Boomers retire and only 40 million Gen-X'ers remain to replace them. Teachers and nurses, the front line shock troups of our society, remain in short supply as professional women and men opt out with early retirement due to unbearable job stress and workplace bullying from co-workers, managers, and administrators. 
 
Housing costs skyrocket in California while commute time and gas prices elevate. Tax cuts for the wealthy no longer trickle down. The top one-tenth of 1% of the income distribution earned as much of the real 1997-2001 gain in wage and salary income as the bottom 50%. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The Middle Class has all but disappeared.  Reason has taken a backseat to the Politics of Fear.  Well, Bully for America?  We have seen the enemy and it is ...

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