Workplace Violence

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Employers Need to Develop an Action Plan to Deal With Workplace Violence

If the recent and tragic shootings at an office holiday party in San Bernardino, California, and at a lawn care company in Kansas have taught us anything, it is that these unfortunate incidents of workplace violence are...more

AFL-CIO Calls Attention to On-the-Job Deaths in Ceremony at State House

Michael Davidson was seeing patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when he stepped away to talk with the son of a deceased woman he had treated and the son shot him. Lawrence O’Leary was on a parking garage under...more

Employer Liability for the Lone Wolf

Shocking acts of violence are reported in the press every day. Reading about bombers, gunmen, and rapists in schools and homes and nightclubs is almost unbearable. For us labor lawyers, workplace violence is particularly...more

Vicarious liability of employers - A case note on Mr A M Mohamud (in substitution for Mr A Mohamud (deceased)) v WM Morrison...

Decision by the UK Supreme Court given on 2 March 2016 on an employer’s vicarious liability in tort for an assault carried out by an employee....more

Shot at in parking lot, employee awarded $5,000 in damages from employer despite WSIB coverage

A labour arbitrator has awarded a unionized employee $5,000.00 in damages from his employer – despite the fact that the employer was registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board....more

Burr Alert: Workplace Violence: Reducing the Risk of Civil Liability

An estimated 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, costing businesses billions of dollars per year in impaired productivity, employee turnover, security measures, and legal costs. More and...more

A Major Change in Employer Attitude Towards Preventing Workplace Violence

We just completed the second of two Fisher & Phillips webinars including panelists and contributors who were active and former Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, and other law enforcement professionals.  We...more

Employee stopped production line “to be difficult”, not due to safety issue: work refusal not justified

An employee who shut down a production line allegedly because two other employees were fighting, was not exercising a proper work refusal under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has...more

The Difficult Dilemma Facing Employers When It Comes to Threats of Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, headlines of tragic acts of violence in the workplace continue – and it is a trend that is not abating. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that approximately 2 million workers are...more

Workplace Violence: Employer Liability in Virginia and Potential VOSH Penalties

Workplace violence has become a serious issue for employers throughout the United States. In the wake of the recent mass shootings that occurred in San Bernardino, CA and Hesston, KA, both of which occurred at least in part...more

Workplace Violence In The News: How To Respond If A Worker Is Served With A Restraining Order

After yet another incident of workplace violence in the news, we have to consider that any employee served with a restraining order should be treated as a reason to take workplace security precautions. The shooter in the most...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

A Fast and Furious Safety, Labor and HR Update - Issue 1

A New Approach to My Posts - Last week I was honored to be named a Top Author in J.D. Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. I write a great deal when I should probably be billing, but you guys seem to enjoy my stuff, so thanks!...more

Five Challenges Facing Employers in the Health Care Industry

Employers in the health care industry are facing a number of looming threats. Workplace violence is one of the most serious occupational hazards facing health care workers, while cyber-attacks pose a significant threat to the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Tax-writing House Committee Proposes $48 Million Hike - The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a package of revenue measures totaling more than $48 million. The package includes a transportation funding bill...more

Criminal Activity At Work Can Land Retailers In Hot Water

Recent workplace violence incidents have driven some employers to take steps to minimize the risk of criminal behavior at their locations. Whether it is beefing up physical security measures on premises, installing...more

Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar

On March 4, 2016, the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration group presented its fourteenth annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar to an audience of over three hundred clients and members of the...more

Candid Observations from M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, US DOL

Solicitor Smith did not announce any positions that we have not discussed, but she confirmed our opinions on the Administration’s priorities and their intentions as they energetically finish their term....more

Teachers’ union fighting for right to refuse work due where students violent

A student’s violent acts in a classroom have led to a dispute about the circumstances in which teachers may engage in a work refusal for safety reasons. The student was described as having a “history of violent behavior”.  He...more

Canadian Employment News Series: Top 5 Canadian Employment Law Trends for 2016

Having recently reflected on the Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015, we have now compiled a list of five significant Canadian employment law trends that employers can expect to see in 2016....more

It’s Time for Employers Go to the Next Level In Preventing Workplace Violence

I recently met with an international company which has armed security responders at some facilities, guards at others, and nothing at public establishments among its diverse operations. We talked about protecting lone...more

Workplace Violence Prevention: DHS Promotes “Active Shooter Preparedness” Programs – Is Your Company Ready?

Violence, often involving firearms, is an increasingly common occurrence in the 21st century workplace. The Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that even though homicide is “the most publicized form of violence in the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016 #2

We’ve written a lot about employee health data and the inherent risks of requesting and maintaining this sensitive information. Last week, Forbes published a post arguing that employee health data could be the next business...more

A TED Talk’s Roadmap for Staying Calm When an Active Shooter’s at the Door

An armed gunman just entered your workplace. You’re under stress. What is the first thing you and your management team do?...more

Guns at Work: Is Your Employment Handbook Loaded to Fire?

Guns seem to always be in the spotlight, or at least in the legal stage’s side light. Proponents of gun safety or regulation clash with those who believe everyone of sound mind has the right to bear arms. There are extremists...more

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