California Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

California Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

There is no state law prohibiting an employer from banning guns in the workplace in California. However, an employee's privacy rights may interfere with implementation of a ban on weapons at the workplace by restricting an employer's right to search for weapons. To overcome this hurdle, employers must make known to employees that they reserve the right to search an employee's desk, locker, personal belongings, etc.
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An employer with 25 or more employees may not discharge or in any way discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or a victim of sexual assault for taking time off from work for any of the following:
• To seek medical attention for injuries caused by domestic violence or sexual assault
• To obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, program, or rape crisis center as a result of domestic violence or sexual assault
• To obtain psychological counseling related to an experience of domestic violence or sexual assault
• To participate in safety planning and take other actions to increase safety from future domestic violence or sexual assault, including temporary or permanent relocation
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Reviewed April 2015.

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