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Union slams Hassan veto of 'positive work environment' bill
In a three-page veto message, Hassan called some of the provisions of House Bill 591 poorly defined and unworkable.
She feared that the provisions — which required policy statements against abusive workplace conduct, a complaint procedure, and conflict resolution assistance — would eventually be expanded to private-sector employers.
Earlier this year, it passed the Senate and went to a conference committee. It cleared both legislative chambers in June by a voice vote, making it difficult to gauge support for an override vote of Hassan’s veto.
Two business groups — the Business and Industry Association and the National Federation of Independent Business — applauded Hassan’s veto. Their remarks were distributed by Hassan’s office.
She said there was no effort by her group to incorporate private-sector employers into the legislation. And she said she’s complained to Hassan’s office that the state Department of Health and Human Services, which opposed the bill, is a member of the lobbying group.
In her veto message, Hassan feared workers would claim an unreasonable workload, even if it was similar to their co-workers. She felt constructive criticism would be prohibited, and a supervisor who didn’t say hello could be branded abusive.
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