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Workplace Violence – Putting Employers on the Horns of a Dilemma

Posted by Mark A. Lies and Craig B. Simonsen

Sep 11, 2015 10:35:09 AM


Employers today can find themselves in a seemingly untenable dilemma when they have violence threaten to invade their workplaces.  Two recent cases illustrate the competing liabilities that employers face in their decision-making as to how to respond to workplace violence.

In one case, decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the employer, a superalloys casting company, chose to fire an openly hostile employee making death threats to avoid potential injury to its employees, and face the prospect of costly litigation including an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit.

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Topics: Best Practices, Workplace violence, Litigation avoidance

5 Tips to Help Minimize Workplace Conflicts

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 26, 2014 1:42:00 PM

Handling and resolving conflicts that arise in the workplace is one of the biggest challenges managers and employees face. Typically there are two responses to conflict: flight (avoidance) or fight. In either case, we often feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied with the results because no resolution has been achieved. By handling situations on the front end, we can turn a negaitve, unproductive situation into an opportunity for greater teamwork and enhanced performance.

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Topics: 2014 hiring, Workplace violence

4 Ways Employers Can Reduce Workplace Violence

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 16, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Violence in the workplace is a serious issue for large and small employers alike. 

OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

Below, we will discuss 4 ways employers can reduce workplace violence and provide their employees and clients a safe working environment.

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background screen, 2014 hiring, Data Facts, Workplace violence

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.