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Workplace Violence

Mass Shootings Demand “Stop the Bleed” Training for Workplaces.

by Fisher Phillips on

There is no easy solution to preventing and responding to mass shootings. We should debate legal changes and provide regular employee training and drills, such as Run-Hide-Flight. However, we need to take IMMEDIATE concrete...more

Weekly Roundup - February 10.

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are involved in safety or risk management, especially in construction, you recognize that struck-by accidents are almost always among the top three causes of employee deaths. What you may not appreciate is that most...more

Cal/OSHA Drafts Rules For Workplace Violence Prevention In General Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) recently held an advisory meeting on the Agency’s draft rules for Workplace Violence Prevention in General Industry. It is seeking public...more

Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Forms New “Work-Related Sexual Violence Team”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In further demonstration of how law enforcement is being faced with new challenges in light of the recent attention paid to work-related sexual violence, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., just announced a new...more

Howard’s Weekly Roundup - January 27 - Part 1.

by Fisher Phillips on

Thanks for the input on topics you’d like to see and on your own observations to reference in the weekly Update. In order to keep this report short, we’re shifting most book, movie and certain other categories to the full...more

Workplace Violence Fatalities Up In 2016

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published workplace fatality statistics for 2016 showing a 7-percent increase from 2015. Within this increase, workplace violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23...more

Transportation And Workplace Violence Standout In Census Of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found a seven percent increase in 2016 fatal injuries reported over those reported in 2015. BLS noted that this was the third consecutive increase in annual...more

Workplace Violence, Indoor Heat, Cannabis Regulations On Cal/OSHA 2018 Schedule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Starting the year with a bang, the Cal/OSHA Division said it intends to finalize several new standards this year, including on indoor heat illness prevention. It also intends to release new workplace violence prevention for...more

New York Court Says Retailer Not Responsible For Unforeseeable Violence Against Patron

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal district court in Brooklyn recently held that an employer does not owe a duty to protect patrons from assault unless the attack was “reasonably foreseeable,” specifying that businesses would only be put on such...more

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? How An R.E.M. Song Can Teach Workplace Violence Lessons

by Fisher Phillips on

What can the connection between legendary alternative rock band R.E.M. and veteran reporter Dan Rather tell us about workplace safety? Most probably didn’t even realize these two popular culture figures had anything in...more

Frustratingly, 2016 Workplace Death Rates Increase the Most Since 2010.

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly reported 2016 fatalities occurred under the Obama Administration and their approach of often-punitive Enforcement efforts, so these numbers have nothing to do with the Trump Administration’s actions or lack thereof....more

Labor & Employment Newsletter - November 2017 - #MeToo? What Employers Need to Do

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Over the past few weeks, a spotlight has illuminated the recurring problem of unlawful harassment in the workplace. The increasing frequency of allegations within the halls of some of the country's most successful industries...more

Daddy’s Home 2 – fisticuffs in the workplace

by FordHarrison on

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it can also be a time of great stress. Indeed, the pressure of holiday preparations and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with...more

Possible Cal/OSHA Regulation Regarding Workplace Violence For The General Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In 2014, the Cal/OSHA Division received a petition for a new workplace violence regulation for general industry. Petition 542, which was originally submitted on behalf of teachers, has been used as the basis for...more

Employment Law – “Conduit” Case Does Not Qualify as Marital Discrimination & Employers are Not Required to Investigate Allegations...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (August 10, 2017) - In Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc.,...more

Striking the Right Balance in Workplace Behavior and Privacy

by Burr & Forman on

Employers often struggle with the balance between effective employee management and oversight and respect for employee privacy in the workplace. Striking the right balance is a difficult task for employers seeking to uphold...more

Active Shooter Response - Developing an Effective Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Unfortunately, workplace violence is becoming an ever increasing liability in the workplace. Despite the presence of workplace violence prevention programs intended to avoid this hazard entirely within...more

Marital Status Discrimination Claim Fails in Light of Workplace Violence Concerns, California Court Rules

In a recent, unpublished opinion, a California Court of Appeal found in favor of an employer on a marital status discrimination claim than an employee brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The court held...more

Practices and Policies for Preventing Workplace Violence

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On August 24, 2017, a former employee entered a popular downtown Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, killed the executive chef, and held a person hostage for several hours, before being shot and injured by the police,...more

[Webinar] The Impact of Workplace Violence as it Relates to Employment Laws and OSHA - September 19th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Approximately 1 million workers experience violent acts at work annually. Violence in the workplace is a major concern for employers especially given the events that took place in 2016 in San Bernardino Inland Regional Center...more

OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to Know

Although most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The...more

Need OSHA Action On Ammonium Nitrate And Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L....more

Responding To Violence In the Workplace – A “Catch 22” For Employers

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The recent instances of violence in the workplace remind us of the complex task facing employers. Employers must maintain a safe work environment for employees while operating within the parameters of the many federal and...more

Prevention Is Key (Er…Required): Will Your State Soon Mandate Workplace Violence Prevention Programs?

by Fisher Phillips on

It is no secret to hospital and other healthcare employees that their workplace is no longer a guaranteed safe zone. In fact, recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate...more

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a news headline we’ve seen too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the...more

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