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Health Alert (Australia) February 20, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 February 2017 - Govier v Unitingcare Community [2017] QCA 12 - EMPLOYMENT LAW – LIABILITY AT COMMON LAW FOR INJURY –...more

Physician Heal Thyself: California Sets Nation’s Highest Standard For Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention

The facts are distressing: according to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration statistics, over half of all reported workplace violence incidents occurred against workers in healthcare and social assistance....more

Standard for Workplace Violence in the Healthcare and Social Service Industry?

In response to calls from labor groups and unions to develop federal standard that addresses workplace violence in the healthcare and social service sectors, former OSHA chief David Michaels stated during a January 10 meeting...more

Should Rideshare Drivers be Allowed to Carry a Weapon? 

A recent rash of attacks on Uber and Lyft drivers raises questions regarding the safety of these gig economy workers. Drivers must often work under dangerous circumstances, including chauffeuring complete strangers, many of...more

Court refuses small-town mayor’s OHSA-based request for injunction prohibiting resident from harassing her

An Ontario judge has rebuffed a small-town mayor’s attempt to use the Occupational Health and Safety Act‘s violence and harassment provisions to obtain a court order stopping a town resident from harassing her....more

EAP – What is it and why do you need one?

If you work in a large building on one of the higher floors, you will remember the last fire drill where you walked umpteen flights of stairs following your co-worker with the orange hat. Once you reached the bottom and...more

OSHA Publishes RFI for Possible Workplace Violence Standard

On December 7, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input for a possible future safety standard intended to reduce employee exposure to...more

Richard Marx Won’t Be 'Right Here Waiting' To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared

Richard Marx Won’t Be Right Here Waiting To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared....more

Federal OSHA Solicits Comments on a Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

On Dec. 7, 2016, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a request for information (RFI) to solicit information on a potential standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social...more

Cal/OSHA Adopts First in the Nation Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Employers

National research indicates that health care workers are at a substantially higher risk of workplace violence than the average worker in another industry. According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health...more

Proposed Rule for Prevention of Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance Industries

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA Publishes RFI on Proposed Rule Concerning Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance Industries. Federal OSHA currently enforces workplace violence under the General Duty Clause, under...more

Have Yourself a Safe, Undistracted, and Accident Free Holiday

Seyfarth Synopsis: Keep your holidays happy and safe. At this time of year, with all of the joy, parties, and excitement the season brings, employers need to be especially vigilant to keep and maintain a safe workplace...more

California OSHA Sets the Bar By Adopting the Strongest Workplace Violence Prevention Standard in the Nation

Oct. 21, 2016, after nearly two years of meetings and work, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) adopted a standard intended to reduce workplace violence against healthcare...more

CA Nears Adoption of New Workplace Violence Regulations for Health Care Employers, Home Health Providers, and Emergency Responders

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved last week its regulations on Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care. The California Division of Occupational...more

Federal employee has effective veto over appointment of “impartial” workplace violence investigator, as long as veto not exercised...

A federal employee’s objection to the appointment of a workplace violence investigator was valid, the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada has decided, because the investigator was not “seen by” the employee as...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2016

In an article published on October 6, 2016 by the Society for Human Resource Management, Bryance Metheny provides insight to the delay in the overtime rule and the lawsuits brought against the Department of Labor...more

Bill 132 update: OHSA amendments are now in force; MOL updates plain language guide on workplace violence and harassment

As we have previously reported, Bill 132’s amendments to the workplace harassment provisions of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force on September 8, 2016. On September 13, 2016, the Ministry of...more

Workplace Violence in the Health Care Setting – Is Your Organization Prepared? [Video]

Workplace violence is more common than you may think – is your health care facility prepared? Recently, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated guidelines for workplace violence as it relates...more

Taking a Bite Out of Crime…and Maybe the Employer? OSHA Fines Company Following Criminal Assault on Employee

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reminded us that every employer needs a violence in the workplace policy or risk citation for third party criminal actions. The OSH Act’s general duty clause...more

Fired For My Firearm? I’ll Sue!

As if employers already did not have enough reasons to have to think through termination decisions carefully, here is yet another “trigger” word that should make employers think twice about plans to discipline or fire an...more

Employers Wrestling with Discrimination, Workplace Violence and Third Party Vendor Issues, Survey Shows

The winds of social change, the threat of violence in the workplace, and shifting regulations governing workers and third parties are all weighing heavily on employers’ minds. That’s according to a survey of more than 800...more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop...more

When is Aberrant Workplace Behavior Sufficient to Justify Termination?

Aberrant workplace behavior caused by stress or a psychological condition is not uncommon. However, such behavior can also cause employers to become anxious regarding how to lawfully deal with the disruption and its effect on...more

Dealing with Violence in Wake of the Attack in Orlando

The weekend of June 11, 2016, saw another act of violence committed against innocent and unsuspecting people as they gathered together, an occurrence that has become all too frequent in today's world. While the latest attack...more

Violence In The Workplace: Is Your Business At Risk?

A large portion of my practice is concentrated in the area of workplace violence prevention. When I mention this at bar events and cocktail parties, it must conjure up images of mass shootings and SWAT teams. However,...more

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