National Workplace Bullying Coalition Conference

The National Workplace Bullying Coalition (NWBC) will hold its first conference  on April 4 at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ, to explore  solutions to the widespread  problem of workplace abuse in the United States.

The keynote speaker is Catherine Mattice, MA, president of the consulting firm, Civility Partners, of San Diego, CA,  and  author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work.  Her presentation is entitled,  “What is Workplace Bullying? Business & Target Solutions.”   Ms. Mattice has served as an expert in USA Today, MSNBC, Inc. Magazine, NBC, ABC and FOX and has presented programs both nationally and internationally on the problem of workplace bullying.

Other speakers  include NJ State Sen. Linda Greenstein, the Assistant Majority Leader of the New Jersey  State Senate and the sponsor of proposed state legislation modeled after the Healthy Workplace Bill, and Kevin Costello, an attorney who maintains a statewide plaintiff-side law practice focusing on  employment rights, school harassment rights and civil rights.

 There will be a special video welcome from U.S. Rep. Michael Honda of California, the chairperson of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus.

 The half-day program will feature two discussion tracks with a variety of  prominent speakers and experts: Labor & Community Advocates:  Working on the Front Lines and Workers’ Compensation and Alternatives to Legislation.  More information and registration information is available at the NWBC website.  Continuing Legal Education credit is available in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The program is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education and Rutgers Labor and Employment Law Society.

 The National Workplace Bullying Coalition formed in 2013 to advocate a solution to the problem of workplace bullying in the United States, which lags far behind other industrialized countries in addressing the problem. It is estimated that one in every two or three workers is the target of workplace bullying.

* Disclaimer: I’m a founding member of the NWBC and will be present at the conference. Hope to see you there.

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