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5046Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020409Primary Sponsor: J.E. SmithAll Sponsors: J.E. Smith, Allen, Allison, Altman, Askins, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Campsen, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Easterday, Edge, Emory, Fleming, Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kennedy, Kirsh, Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Meacham-Richardson, Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, Riser, Rivers, Rodgers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sharpe, Sheheen, Simrill, Sinclair, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Snow, Stille, Stuart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Weeks, Whatley, Whipper, White, Wilder, Wilkins, Witherspoon, A. Young and J. YoungDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11501ac02.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020411Subject: Psychologically Healthy Workplace Month in SC, April designated asHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020411 Adopted, returned to House with concurrence Senate 20020411 Recalled from Committee 13 SMA Senate 20020410 Introduced, referred to Committee 13 SMA House 20020409 Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate Versions of This Bill
TO DESIGNATE APRIL AS PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE MONTH IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO URGE BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EMPLOYEES AND THE COMPANIES.
Whereas, it is important for businesses to provide psychologically healthy workplaces that are sensitive to their employees' mental well-being; and
Whereas, the South Carolina Psychological Association will present its first Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in April 2002 at its Spring Conference, to the business that best fosters a mentally healthy work environment; and
Whereas, the award will be presented to the business that does the best job encouraging employee involvement, family support, employee growth and development, and employee health and safety; and
Whereas, in addressing these four areas involved in establishing a psychologically healthy workplace, businesses could encourage employees to participate in problem-solving and decision-making, allow flexible work schedules, and provide child and elder care assistance, provide employees with opportunities to pursue additional training, and provide quality health and mental health benefits; and
Whereas, a psychologically healthy workplace results in increased productivity and employee retention rates, recruiting advantages, company image enhancement, a better workplace atmosphere, and workers who are less stressed and more satisfied with their jobs; and
Whereas, failure to implement healthy workplace initiatives can impact a business. A survey conducted in 2000 by the American Psychological Association revealed that one in four employees has taken a "mental health" sick day, and according to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, health care expenses are almost fifty percent greater for employees who report high levels of stress; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly support promoting healthy work environments for the benefit of the companies as well as the employees and support the establishment of April as Psychologically Healthy Workplace Month in South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, designate April as Psychologically Healthy Workplace Month in South Carolina and urge businesses to promote psychologically healthy workplaces for the benefit of the employees and the companies.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Psychological Association.
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