The past few years have seen an uptick in the incidents of workplace violence. This is evident in more than 2 million workplace violence incidents, coming at an approximate cost of $36 billion annually, and a rise in workplace homicides, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers at all levels have an increased interest in both preventing and responding to workplace violence.
The increase in workplace violence has led to myriad concerns for employers and a focus on workplace violence prevention by means of policies, procedures and training. You can provide resources to help attorneys review definitions and programs while providing insight on zero tolerance approaches and more.
Workplace violence prevention trends
As employers review their current policies and procedures, a number of important considerations are top of mind. Employers consider the definitions of what one may traditionally think of as workplace violence—incidents of active shooters—and the many other forms of workplace violence. And they consider all reasonable possibilities while ensuring that a plan is in place to both prevent these incidents and respond to them as effectively as possible.
Liability for employers in these incidents has been evidenced by numerous lawsuits. The duties of employers and employees can be found at 29 U.S.C. § 654. Employers must also take into consideration numerous other laws that can impact their obligations—and utilize all appropriate techniques to provide a safe workplace for their employees.
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