Workplace Violence Prevention: Legal Considerations for Employers

Crafting and Enforcing Anti-Violence Policies and Complying With New OSHA Directives for Employee Safety

New OSHA directives issued Sept. 8

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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This CLE course will update employment law attorneys on OSHA's new guidance for preventing workplace violence, offer ideas for incorporating the guidance into workplace anti-violence policies, and prepare attorneys to counsel clients to minimize liability through effective policies and enforcement.


Workplace violence, recognized as a serious occupational hazard, ranks among the top four causes of workplace deaths during the past 15 years. As such, OSHA recently issued new enforcement procedures for investigating incidents and has increased the frequency of citations.

With many courts now allowing tort claims in addition to workers’ compensation claims when workplace violence occurs, employers can be liable for huge monetary damages.

Counsel should urge every client with a workplace to have a legally sound anti-violence policy. Counsel for employers must craft policies and enforcement plans to prevent violence, protect employees’ safety, minimize employer liability, and comply with OSHA’s new guidance.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment law attorneys discusses the different areas of potential liability for employers regarding workplace violence and how best to minimize those risks. The panel will also provide practical advice for incorporating and enforcing OSHA's guidance when crafting an anti-violence policy for a client.



  1. OSHA’s September 2011 directive
    1. Conducting a workplace violence hazard analysis
    2. Revising the physical plan of the workplace
    3. Implementing engineering and administrative controls to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence
    4. Providing management support during emergencies
    5. Responding to all complaints of workplace violence
    6. Developing a written workplace violence prevention policy
  2. Workers’ compensation claims for incidents of workplace violence
  3. Theories of common-law torts allowed in courts
    1. Negligent Hiring
    2. Negligent Retention
    3. Failure to Warn
  4. Best practices for drafting and enforcing policies


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What workers' compensation coverage issues arise when an employee is injured as a result of workplace violence?
  • How are employers responding to tort claims, such as negligent hiring, failure to warn, and negligent retention by affected employees, that employees are filing in response to incidents of workplace violence?
  • How can OSHA's new guidance be incorporated into a workplace anti-violence policy?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Barbara E. Hoey
Barbara E. Hoey

She has more than two decades of experience counseling her clients in all areas of employment law. She advises clients...  |  Read More

Thomas Benjamin Huggett
Thomas Benjamin Huggett


He focuses his practice exclusively on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law and has...  |  Read More

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