Workplace Violence Prevention: How To Keep Your Employees Safe, Avoid Costly Litigation, And Avert Negative Publicity
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According to the Department of Justice, roughly 2 million workers experience violent acts at work annually. Violence in the workplace is understandably a continuing concern to EHS and HR managers across all industries, as workplace violence can occur at any place at any time—it’s also a high priority for OSHA and state agencies.
For instance, OSHA cited a Brooklyn, New York-based university hospital and medical center for a willful violation (with a proposed fine of $70,000) for failing to develop and implement adequate measures to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of physical violence and assaults against employees by patients or visitors.
High-profile workplace violence cases—many involving healthcare facilities—receive significant media coverage, making a difficult situation even more complex and potentially damaging. The negative publicity resulting from a workplace violence incident can adversely affect a company’s bottom line due to the loss of business, negative shareholder and investor reactions, and difficulties in borrowing the necessary funds to manage and grow the business.
On the litigation front, workplace violence lawsuits out-of-court settlements average $500,000 and the average jury award is $3 million, according to one study. Productivity takes a big hit, as well. According to another study, for six to 18 weeks after an incident happens, there is a 50% decrease in productivity.
Join us on when skilled attorney Jeffrey J. Nolan, who has helped many companies develop and implement effective workplace prevention programs, will provide critical insights to help your company successfully and comprehensively address this growing workplace challenge.
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- Apply working definitions that are helpful for understanding and framing workplace violence, including both physical and non-physical/verbal abuse and assault
- Identify key causes or origins of violence occurring in the workplace
- Evaluate why OSHA issued workplace violence citations and penalties in specific cases—so you can avoid making the same mistakes those organizations made
- Analyze the types of settings that may be “prone” to workplace violence due to various situational factors
- Consider the responsibilities and legal requirements employers have when developing a comprehensive program to address potential workplace violence
- Identify the roles key stakeholders play in developing your workplace violence prevention policy and program including where HR, legal, EHS, and senior management fit in
- Solicit senior management commitment and support, probably the critical factor, in assuring that your workplace violence program is successful
- Evaluate your facility to assess whether potential workplace violence situations may be more likely to erupt
- Identify what your workplace violence prevention program should encompass, including components that address the preparedness, incident and post-incident phases
- Train employees to detect signs of violence in the workplace, and what they should do to protect themselves
Jeffrey J. Nolan, Esq.
Dinse Knapp McAndrew
Jeffrey Nolan, of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., has published numerous nationally distributed articles regarding threat assessment (in both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed journals), employment law, and related issues. He focuses his litigation and counseling practice on: representing employers and institutions of higher education in employment and student-related matters, in civil litigation and administrative proceedings; advising employers and institutions of higher education on the resolution and legal implications of employment and student-related issues on a day-to-day basis, in light of federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements; and assisting employers and institutions of higher education in the development and implementation of appropriate policies, handbooks and training programs. Mr. Nolan contributes regularly to the Vermont Employment Law Letter authored and edited by the firm.
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