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Bullying in the Workplace

Many of us can remember the schoolyard bully who knocked books out of our hands and stole our lunch money. Thanks to RSA 193-F, Pupil Safety and Violence Protection, schools today have more tools to eliminate bullying. But what about bullies at work? What does their behavior look like? What are the implications for the employer? What triggers bullying behavior in the workplace? This article will examine bullying in the workplace, look at recent proposed legislation, and provide some guidance for employers wrestling with this issue.

Legislative Wrap-Up

New Hampshire Town and City went to press, the House and Senate were planning to return on June 27 to take care of their last major piece of unfinished business—considering overrides of any vetoes issued by the Governor.

Follow the Money: New Hampshire’s Transportation Infrastructure in Decline

Whatever transportation infrastructure a municipality may own, the challenges are generally the same. A growing population and increasing demand put mounting stress on publicly maintained assets. The infrastructure that exists is aging and has not been consistently maintained. This reduces its useful life and its ability to handle the increased demands. Although the need for capital investment is clear, state and federal funding sources that municipalities have historically depended upon to finance these capital improvements are flat funded or shrinking.

Looking Toward the 2012 Legislative Session&#151and Beyond

The 2012 legislative session is already getting underway, and the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) Government Affairs staff is tracking actions of importance to municipal governments. Here's a crash course in the filing process and a review of topics of interest.

Call to Action: Volunteers Needed

What Happens in Concord…
Unlike the slogan tied forever to the city of Las Vegas, what happens in Concord usually doesn't stay in Concord. In fact, what happens in Concord tends to trickle down to the local level; for better or worse, local officials have to live with all the laws passed by their state legislature.

Legislature Douses Local Fire Sprinkler Requirements

The New Hampshire legislature this year passed two bills intended to prohibit municipalities from requiring fire suppression sprinklers in residential dwellings. One of those bills was vetoed by the Governor and is currently awaiting override votes in the House and Senate. Whether that bill ultimately becomes law or not, the ability of municipalities to require sprinklers for new homes has been severely restricted.

State Cuts Squeeze Local Welfare Budgets

The New Hampshire legislature made a substantial change in the eligibility requirements for APTD (Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled) cash benefits, the state disability assistance program, that may result in an influx of applicants for local welfare assistance over the next several months. Under RSA 167:27, no person who is receiving APTD cash assistance from the state is eligible to receive local assistance except medical and surgical assistance. (Receipt of APTD medical assistance only does not disqualify a person from local assistance. See Smith v.

Labor Issues a Legislative Priority in 2011

By Barbara T. Reid

State Budget Discussions Highlight Municipal Fiscal Challenges

By Barbara T. Reid

The State of New Hampshire currently faces significant budget challenges. Municipalities are also facing significant budget challenges of their own, with losses in local sources of revenues, cuts in state aid and property taxpayers saying "enough!"

2011 Legislative Session Begins

By Cordell A. Johnston

The New Hampshire legislature will begin its 2011 session on January 5, when both the House and Senate will meet. As this issue of New Hampshire Town and City goes to press, committees have been assigned and bills are being printed.