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Workplace Violence

OSHA Updates its Enforcement Procedures Directive for Exposure to Workplace Violence

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently updated and published its enforcement procedures for occupational exposure to workplace violence. The procedures explain and lay out the elements of an OSHA General Duty Clause...more

No April Fools: Groundbreaking California Workplace Violence Safety Order for Healthcare Workers to Take Effect on April 1

The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board recently passed a new safety order intended to protect healthcare workers from workplace violence. The new safety order, which the California Office of...more

Construction E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on March 10, 2017 by Construction Executive, Meghan Cox provides guidance on how businesses can reduce the risks associated with violence in the workplace and how businesses should handle this violence...more

Cal/OSHA’s Workplace Violence Rules for Health Care Take Effect April 2017

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Effective April 1, 2017, a new California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“Standards Board”) regulation at Title 8, Section 3342 requires certain employers in the health care industry to develop and implement...more

Threats of violence, one day after “sensitivity training”, get worker fired for cause. He “may have a problem with women in the...

by Dentons on

A worker who said, “If anything ever happened, like losing my job, I’d have no problem coming in here and shooting them”, a day after receiving sensitivity training relating to workplace violence, was dismissed for cause, an...more

Workplace Violence Policy and Prevention Program Is a Smart Start

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent news reports of active shooter situations provide a stark reminder: employers, regardless of size or industry, should have an action plan for responding to a threatening or violent situation in the workplace. Yet,...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 20, 2017

by DLA Piper on

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

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

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?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

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? 

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by Dentons on

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?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

by Littler on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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...

by Dentons on

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

by Burr & Forman on

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

by Dentons on

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]

by Baker Ober Health Law on

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

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