Monthly Archives: December 2015

Being a good boss is not a popularity contest, is it?

Dog Online(Be afraid, private sector employers, BE VERY AFRAID!  — Mike Tully, Editor)

Being the boss is tough. The boss has to make tough decisions. The boss has to break bad news. Being the boss is not for everyone, and the boss is not always the most popular member of the workforce. The boss is not elected by popularity, but a new app just might challenge that premise.

Yelp-like ratings—yikes!

A new app, Peeple, is similar to the popular rating and review app Yelp. As you probably know, Yelp is used to rate businesses like restaurants and shops. Users log on and leave comments about their experience at an establishment. Reviews are aggregated and averaged, which increases or decreases the business’s rating. As you might imagine, restaurant owners take the reviews very seriously. There have even been lawsuits filed (and lost) to have negative reviews removed.

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Workplace bullying gets smarter, crueler in South Korea

SOUTH KOREA FLAGIt wasn’t too hard for Yoon Eun-ji — not her real name — to find out that her senior colleague had been bullied by one of the executives of her company earlier this year. It wasn’t difficult because the board member made it very clear that she was not happy with her pregnant colleague.

“The executive humiliated her in front of everyone,” said the 29-year-old, who works for a local conglomerate. “She yelled at the pregnant woman. One of the things the executive said was that there was no reason for her to ‘suffer’ because of the colleague.”

Yoon later found out that the reason why the female executive, in her 50s, was upset was because she received a disciplinary measure from the human resources department for overworking the pregnant employee. Under Korea’s labor laws, it is illegal for employers to make pregnant workers do night shifts.

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Children accessing extremist material using school computers (UK)

DaeshChildren who are being radicalised used school computers to access extremist material, according to a new report.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan today announced new regulations which require schools to put in place strengthened measure to protect children from harm online.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the risk to young people being targeted by radical groups have risen and “should not be underestimated”.

Some school children who travelled or attempted to travel to Syria were able to access material about Daesh or terror networks via school computers.

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Report: Hostile workplace prompts Scottsdale Schools superintendent to resign

The sudden resignation earlier this month of Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Peterson came after nearly two years of bullying, intimidation, harassment — and even extortion — according to a recent report provided to the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board.

The report, a “Chronology of Events” leading up to the resignation of Dr. Peterson, takes specific aim at the actions of two Governing Board members: Pam Kirby and Barbara Perleberg.
Superintendent Peterson abruptly announced his resignation Friday, Dec. 11, after only about one year into a three-year contract renewal.

In the report, Dr. Peterson claims that over the last 24 months Ms. Kirby and Ms. Perleberg cultivated a bullying culture that included “intimidation and extortion,” which ultimately forced him to resign — and even contemplate legal action against the district.

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Code Enforcement Employees Bring Charges Against The City (TN)

TENNESSEE AND MEMPHIS(Editor’s Comment:  Could this be an early test of Tennessee’s new workplace bullying law?  If so, it bears watching.  — Mike Tully)

MEMPHIS, TN >  The Local I-Team exposes serious allegations within Memphis City Code Enforcement. Sixteen code inspectors filed charges against the city in October. Their complaints allege they are being mistreated at work. The Local I-Team is first to report this story.

The complaint alleges a workplace rife with “harassment” and “bullying” and the charges identify one manager by name, Eric Muhammad. So we approached him about the claims.

Maria Hallas, Reporter: “Do you know that employees have said you’re harassing them and bullying them in the workplace?”

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Top Nonexistent Law That Will Get You Fired: Hostile Work Environment

By Donna Ballman (Thanks to Huffington Post)

Many people contact me after having been fired for complaining about their hostile work environment. They write a long email to HR or their boss explaining, in excruciating detail, all the ways their boss or a colleague is harassing them at work. They are shocked when they are fired for complaining. The sad truth is that there is no law against general harassment, bullying or hostile work environment, and thus no law protecting you against retaliation if you report it.

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Europe’s new privacy regulations may limit teens

(Thanks to Larry Magid.  — Mike Tully)

European Union officials just approved data privacy regulations that, while offering some protections for European citizens, could also have some unintended consequences in both Europe and in Silicon Valley. The regulations, which must still be passed by the European Parliament, will go into effect in two years.

On the positive side, the regulations provide more transparency and control over how data is used by both the private and public sector, including law enforcement.

But there are some potential negative consequences including one that could prevent teens under 16 from accessing social media. Of course, the regulations will have impact on Silicon Valley companies that could face extremely stiff fines, up to 4 percent of a company’s world-wide revenue, if they are found to violate the provisions.

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Concerns raised about victims after N.S. cyberbullying law is struck down (CA)

CANADA-1Now that a Nova Scotia judge has struck down cyberbullying legislation, concerns are being raised about the impact of the decision on cyberbullying victims.

In his decision last Friday, Justice Glen McDougall said the law, inspired by the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, was too broadly written and violates Charter rights to freedom of expression and liberty.

But supporters of the legislation say the decision has left cyberbullying victims with nowhere to turn.

Nova Scotia’s CyberSCAN Unit, which was created to investigate cyberbullying, says it has 46 open cases which it must now stop investigating, effectively closing them without resolution.

“We don’t have any legislative authority to continue to do that,” says the unit’s director, Roger Merrick. “Those cases basically stop.”

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Facebook’s real name policy: What cyberbullying activists and drag queens share in common

FACEBOOK LOGOFacebook altered its “real name” policy Tuesday amid a heated debate between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and cyberbullying activists.

The social media website tried to find a middle ground between the two arguments this week, announcing two new initiatives that aim to reconcile online security with freedom of speech.

First, Facebook will revise their name reporting policy so users will have to answer several specific questions when reporting someone’s profile as fake. Secondly, Facebook users will be provided with new ways to verify the authenticity of their name, beyond the original requirements of credit cards or state IDs.

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Prosecutors: No charges in extensive Colorado school sexting

Royal Gorge(This is a  rationale and appropriate way to address this situation.  I applaud the prosecutor for exercising restraint and judgment.  — Mike Tully)

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — More than 100 students involved in a sexting scandal at a southern Colorado high school will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday in a case that illustrated the digitally saturated reality of sexting cases across the country.

Fremont County District Attorney Thom LeDoux said the investigation into the scandal at Canon City High School failed to show any adults were involved. None of the 351 images were posted to the Internet, and there was no evidence of coercion or bullying, LeDoux said.

Some 106 children were involved in some way in the exchanges of explicit photos.

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