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5-day deadline to report school bullying goes to Va. governor

RICHMOND — Virginia principals would be required to notify parents of bullies and their victims within five days of any report of bullying under a bill given final approval by the General Assembly Friday.

While the agreement to require the notification within five school days sailed through the Senate, it sparked debate from some House members who wanted the deadline extended.

“If my child was bullying, was being bullied, I would want to know,” responded the bill’s sponsor, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 41st District.

She hopes the notifications could prevent bullying, including online.

Another delegate, Marcus Simon, said the notification could have helped him.

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Some Teachers, Principals And Students Condemn Trump Transgender Policy

Some students, principals, parents and attorneys have condemned the Trump administration’s decision to remove some federal protections for transgender students.

Those protections had been issued by President Obama, who cited the federal Title IX law, and instructed public schools last year to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

But the Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday reversed that guidance, allowing state and local officials to pass rules that discriminate on the basis of gender identity without risk of losing federal funds, as we reported.

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Unpacking the concept of reasonableness

(Editor’s Note:  Australia has been a remarkably forceful pioneer in addressing, identifying, and correcting workplace bullying.  One of their greatest contributions was to address the question of what constitutes “reasonable management action” as opposed to bullying by managers.  This is a salient concern, because most workplace bullying is, in fact, conducted by  supervisory-level employees against subordinates.  While there is some dispute over whether an “imbalance of power” is a reasonable factor to include in the definition of bullying — at least at the school level — it’s essentially baked into the workplace through commonly used hierarchical administrative structures.  This article, from a New South Wales site, addresses the issue of reasonableness.  — Mike Tully, Editor)

Across all Australian workplaces the phenomenon of bullying is without doubt a front-and-centre topic.

And as a result, overt instances of bullying in the workplace now tend to be more readily identified than ever before.

One challenging idea for all concerned, however, is this: is it possible that management action that is entirely reasonable could be misconstrued by a worker as an act of bullying?

In both workers’ compensation matters and industrial relations more broadly, the linked concepts of “reasonable management action” carried out in a “reasonable manner” have certainly been difficult to pin down.

We take this opportunity to explore the complex concept of reasonableness as it related specifically to management action and workplace bullying.

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Democrats unveil legislative proposals, including anti-workplace bullying effort (KS)

Democrats unveiled a slew of proposals on Wednesday, offering a legislative agenda to counter Gov. Sam Brownback and Republicans.

The bills range from restoring teacher due process, allowing cities to use prevailing wage and reducing workplace bullying at state agencies. Several of the proposals have been around, but Democrats hope the new, more cooperative Legislature will boost the chance of passage.

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Juvenile officers: Minor school fights unlikely to result in felony charges (MO)

The president of the Missouri Bar was surprised by the public reaction to changes in the Missouri criminal code.

The Missouri Bar had drafted the legislation for the criminal code change over several years, consulting with prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, victim advocates and others. The reaction of parents and school officials in Columbia and elsewhere about the possibility of school fights or bullying resulting in felony charges was unexpected.

“It’s created a firestorm,” said Dana Cutler, president of the Missouri Bar.

In addition to the code changes, school districts have adopted anti-bullying policies to meet requirements for internal reporting and investigation outlined in a new state law.

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