New Anti-Bullying Language Added to Old California Workplace Harassment Law Could Be Big Trouble

By Dr. Steve Albrecht

Under the legal theory known as “no good deed goes unpunished,” the California legislature just passed AB 2053, which adds new anti-bullying language to an existing older statute, AB 1825, which requires organizations with 50 or more employees to provide harassment awareness and prevention training every two years to all supervisors (and within six months for newly-promoted supervisors).

What seems like an attempt to make things simple – let’s create reasonable and understandable language to help organizations prevent workplace bullying – has now become complex and hard to define.  Here’s the new language that will have to become a part of all AB 1825-related training programs (including mine, of course): Continue reading

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Safe Schools: Utilizing Youth Leadership for Data Integration and Program Development

A Peer-to-Peer youth leadership model that has been identified by the California Department of Education and WestEd to be included in the pool of experts as a resource for the Safe and Supportive School grantees is the PLUS Program (Peer Leaders Uniting Students). PLUS is a systematic model that utilizes peer-to-peer facilitated activities to build student connections, while simultaneously gathering student behavior data to guide program development.  PLUS serves as the liaison between safe school intervention teams and the student body of a school. The PLUS Program systematically helps schools build a safe school climate throughout the school year. Former Secretary of Education Dr. Dave Long states, “When it comes to building a Safe School Climate, the PLUS Program is on the frontline as a systematic approach for schools to gather data and build true connections for all students.” Continue reading

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Outreach Radio Will Launch Its New Show Jan. 6th!

The Elite Speakers Bureau Founder and President, Denise Brown and its Vice-President, Danielle Pierre will host a new radio show scheduled to launch January 6, 2015.  The show was originally called D-Talks Radio which the duo hosted for a two year period between 2011-2013.

“This show will be a little different” says Danielle Pierre.  “Not only have we added another host to the show, but it will be live and interactive.  Listeners will have the opportunity to call in and voice their opinions or ask questions.  The show is for them after all.  We’re very excited about it.”

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There’s No Place Like Home: Carolyn Cox to Speak at 8th Annual Women Abuse Awareness Event in Canada

Carolyn Cox is the Keynote Speaker at the “There’s No Place Like Home” 8th Annual Women Abuse Awareness Month Event hosted by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

Ms. Cox lived in an abusive marriage for over 40 years and was held captive in her own home.  She will share her experiences and how she has moved beyond violence to follow her yellow brick road to happiness and healing. Continue reading

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