Workplace Violence

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MOL Inspector’s “Unclear” Order Required School Board To Revise Its Workplace Violence Policy

A Ministry of Labour inspector has ordered an Ontario school board to revise its workplace violence policy, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board has suspended that Order, calling it “unclear”....more

Spotlight on Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness in April

April 2014 marks the third annual Workplace Violence Awareness Month, an observance aimed at raising public awareness of one of the top four causes of workplace fatalities. In 2009, the Bureau of Justice Statistics...more

Company Director Fined $8,500 After Swearing At MOL Safety Inspector, Making Threatening Gestures And Telling Inspector To Leave...

Corporate directors can be charged by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Threatening and swearing at a Ministry of Labour inspector certainly increases the odds of charges...more

Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies...more

Employment Law Blog: Students, Employees and Assaults: Parallels Between Academic and Employer Requirements

Is it simply “human nature”? University of Iowa President Sally Mason is under scrutiny for her comments regarding a recent sexual assault reported to the university. Mason’s remarks were interpreted by portions of the...more

New Jersey Legislators Reintroduce Bill Seeking To Prohibit Workplace Bullying

On December 16, 2013, the Senate introduced another bill (S3115), the “Healthy Workplace Act,” seeking to prevent workplace bullying, abuse, and harassment. The bill would prohibit any conduct in the workplace that a...more

Attack On Co-Worker Who Warned Of Unsafe Behaviour Gets Employee 4 Years In Prison

An employee who attacked a coworker who warned of safety issues, has been sent to prison for four years. CBC News reported that the employee was training a coworker on the use of heavy equipment, and that after the...more

Investigating Employee Complaints of Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is once again receiving significant media attention after a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, Jonathan Martin, lodged allegations of bullying and harassment by fellow lineman Richie Incognito and other...more

Zombies, Ghouls, and Unpaid Wage Claims: The Top 5 HR Horrors This Season

As the group that shepherds employees from the application stage through the end of the employment relationship, human resources (HR) departments administer programs and policies that could greatly impact a company if a...more

Employment Law Reporter - October 2013: Workplace Violence Examined (Part 2)

Using the risk factors outlined in our September Employment Law Reporter, and with consideration to the various types of possible workplace violence and the nature of the employer’s business, employers should establish...more

Responsibility of an Employer to Act Upon Threats From or By an Employee

Connie N. Bertram, Co-Chair of the Government Contractor Compliance Group, was quoted in an article in the Washington Post discussing the Navy Yard shootings. Ms. Bertram reminded contractors of the obligation to notify the...more

OSHA Basics and Recent Trends in OSHA Enforcement Actions

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETYAND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (“the Administration”) enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSHA”). From the employer’s perspective, emphasis on workplace safety is important because it...more

Employment Law Reporter - September 2013: Workplace Violence Examined (Part I)

What can employers do to prevent workplace violence? Unfortunately, we have learned a lot about violence, but we can use that knowledge to our advantage. In order for an employer to implement preventative measures, it must...more

Workplace Violence: The Basics

Unfortunately, incidents of violence and aggression in the workplace are not uncommon. There are, however, tools an employer can utilize to ensure employees feel safe at work. What follows are a general set of guidelines...more

The Rutgers Basketball Scandal – Some Questions For The Compliance Practitioner To Ask

The seemingly continuous saga of the Rutgers Athletic Department and the attendant fallout from the Mike Rice scandal has reappeared in the news recently....more

Is Your Criminal Screening Process Compliant?

An employer’s reluctance in hiring an applicant with a criminal history is understandable and sensible. Employers have an obligation to ensure a safe workplace, can be fined for failing to enact safeguards against workplace...more

OSHA Tags In on Workplace Violence Issue, Takes it to the Court

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)is suing an employer for an employee's claims that she was subjected to workplace violence concerns in violation of Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health...more

Ostracism and Petty Mistreatments May Collectively Rise to the Level of Hostile Work Environment for Light Duty Employee

A female plumber on “light duty” in the city of Chicago’s Department of Sewers filed a lawsuit alleging that her supervisor assigned menial work to her, prohibited her co-workers from interacting with her, and subjected her...more

Key Takeaways - Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence

As a follow up to my session “Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence" at the recent Employment Law Seminar, I’ve put together what I feel to be two key takeaways from the presentation. 1) Workplace...more

Labor Letter, May 2013: After The Violence Come The Lawsuits

A lawsuit filed against a business in Minneapolis, Minnesota demonstrates that the problems associated with workplace violence do not necessarily end once the violence stops. Recently, the family of one of six individuals...more

Stanley Knievel

Litigation value: Stanley can sue Dwight blind for his bull dart assault. This is an employment law blog. So when tonight’s episode opened, and I saw that Dwight had shut down the building’s elevator for repair, leaving...more

Labor Letter - April 2013: Cussing Out Your Employee May Get You Sued…By OSHA?

Hopefully you’re already aware of the continuing escalation of all forms of whistleblower and retaliation claims, including under the 20+ Anti-Retaliation laws enforced by special investigators from OSHA’s Whistleblower...more

Workplace Violence And Harassment Top MOL Orders In Blitz

Workplace violence and harassment was the most common category of compliance orders made by Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors in a recent compliance blitz in the manufacturing sector....more

Todd Packer’s Revenge

In last week’s episode, this blog’s all-time favorite character returned with gifts. And when I say “gifts,” I mean gifts for the writers of this blog; not so much for the Scranton branch. That’s right, Dunder Mifflin’s...more

Workplace Safety, Security and Employee Gun Rights - Best Practices To Mitigate Workplace Violence Risk

In the wake of the mass shootings that continue around the country, the President, some members of Congress, state and local officials and many advocacy groups are pursuing an aggressive agenda to increase safety measures and...more

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