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


by Erin Denniston Leach

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 victims of workplace violence each year and a 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 749 deaths were due to violence in the workplace. When workplace violence happens the first question many ask is, “Could it have been prevented?” The second question is, “How?” Both questions raise legal ramifications for employers.

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