Addressing Threats of Violence in the Workplace: What Can Employers Do Before a Threat Turns into Violence?
Incidents of workplace violence are on the rise, and oftentimes before a violent act takes place an employee will make threats or do harm to co-workers or property. The results are sometimes catastrophic. Threats often go unnoticed or employers may be uncertain how they can legally respond when they sense that a threat of violence exists in their workplace. Dealing with threats of violence requires prompt, sometimes immediate, action, yet many organizations are not prepared for these situations. The ADA “direct threat standard” and other laws offer some guidance when it comes to how an employer can respond when they believe a threat of violence exists in their workplace. Being prepared to act also requires that employers have in place the policies, training, and understanding of the overall practices and processes which can be used to prevent, identify, act and deal with threats and violent acts before they occur, and be prepared to deal with crucial follow-up issues.
Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he reviews the legal issues relating to workplace violence and threats of violence, including the ADA direct threat standards and Qualified Privilege, and discusses the policies and best practices which need to be put in place before a threat or violent act takes place.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- What constitutes a threat of violence? What is violence? (The definition is broader than you might think)
- Laws affecting your liability and reaction
- Policies which help prevent or control violence
- The ADA Direct Threat Standard
- The Qualified Privilege – your immunity for addressing issues
- Advance preparation
- Steps to take in a situation
- Security issues and interaction with law enforcement
- Creating a fast action response team
- Documentation you’ll need
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