N.H. governor vetoes workplace bullying bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill aimed at protecting state employees from abusive work environments, saying it was well-intentioned, but unworkable.

Lawmakers passed the bill after hearing from current and former state employees who said they experienced workplace bullying. It would have required state departments and agencies to develop policies to address harassment, but Hassan said the legislation's definition of "abusive conduct" was overly broad and would have made the most routine interactions potential causes of action. For example, she says someone could have claimed workplace abuse if he or she felt that co-workers weren't answering emails in a timely manner.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Diane Schuett, says she hopes lawmakers will override the veto. She said bullying doesn't just happen in schools, and such behavior undermines government efficiency.


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