Workplace Violence Law: Minimizing Claims and Complying With Regulations Under Federal and State Law

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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This CLE course will deepen the in-house counsel, general counsel and employment lawyer's understanding workplace violence and the complex web of state and federal laws and regulations designed to address the issue. Further, the panel will provide education and guidance on how to protect clients from exposure and employees from harm.


There are about two million incidents of workplace violence each year, resulting in thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of deaths. Violent acts involve former and current employees against other employees, customers against an employee (or the reverse), and even domestic violence spilling over into the place of business.

In addition to the disruption in the workplace and human resources issues related to providing a safe work environment, employers are subject to multiple levels of legal scrutiny on this issue. OSHA is the primary source of federal regulation, publishing guidelines and recommendations. Varying state agencies (depending on the state) also occupy the field. Moreover, companies face liability under a wide variety of common law theories, including negligent hiring and retention, and responsibility for the acts of agents.

Employment counsel must play a pivotal role in both protecting a client's employees from harm, while at the same time protecting the client from liability. Agencies such as OSHA provide recommended steps, and courts have provided parameters of employer actions that will be the basis of claims or can mitigate liability.

Listen as the panel provides advice and guidance designed to protect employees from harm and employers from legal exposure. The webinar will review relevant regulatory and case authorities and offer real-world guidance on this tragic subject.



  1. Different types of workplace violence influencing employer duties
  2. Sources of duty and liability
  3. Preventative steps
  4. Response planning to minimize harm and damage


The panel will review these and other essential matters

  • What is the scope of duties regarding workplace violence?
  • What are the federal and state legal principles involved?
  • What are the steps an employer must take to address the issue?
  • What security training and outside resources should a responsible employer have as part of its operations?


Kennedy, Lindsey
Lindsey Conrad Kennedy

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Ms. Kennedy helps employers navigate the labor and employment laws governing their relationships with their workforce....  |  Read More

Zweig, Jay
Jay A. Zweig

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Mr. Zweig represents private businesses, public corporations and governments in avoiding and resolving employment law...  |  Read More

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