Free seminar to address issues of bullying in the workplace


Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) and Butler & Associates will host “Workplace Bullying & Employers: Challenges, Consequences and Costs,” a seminar on the legal, financial and professional ramifications of bullying in the workplace, Dec. 7, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at The Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

This seminar is free and recommended for HR managers, corporate counsel, nonprofit executives and business owners who want to learn what tools you need to avoid bullying in your workplace; how to effectively recognize the signs of bullying and how to manage this behavior; the legal ramifications of workplace bullying for your organization and how to prepare and prevent workplace bullying with the right policy.

Panelists include William E. O'Gara, PLDW partner and chair of the firm’s Employment and Litigation Teams; Cindy Butler, SPHR, president, Butler & Associates, a professional human resources consulting firm; and Anthony Wheeler, PhD, SPHR, associate professor, Human Resource Management, University of Rhode Island.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, “Thirty-five percent of U.S. workers [an estimated 53.5 million Americans] report being bullied at work; 15 percent have witnessed it; 68 percent of bullying is same-gender harassment; 58 percent of targets are women; and 80 percent of the time, female bullies target other women.” Successful organizations promote professionalism, address disruptive behaviors quickly and adopt a framework for understanding and approaches for taking action. They also develop strong policies that clearly define issues and provide guidelines for action to address disruptive behaviors among employees.

“The importance of identifying and eliminating the issues leading to workplace bullying can avoid headlines that no business or industry can afford, in addition to the long-term negative impact on employees,” O’Gara said in a statement. “This seminar is designed to assist businesses in preparing for and preventing workplace bullying.”

This free session is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Pre-registration is required. RSVP by Dec. 2 Geri Riccio at or call 824-5100.


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