Virginia Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

Violence in the workplace is an important safety and health issue, one that is too often overlooked or ignored. In many cases, a violent incident can be avoided, because occurrences are often preceded by warning signs. However, these signals frequently go unrecognized--or are recognized, but disregarded.
Generally, violence develops over time--which means that with proper implementation of an antiviolence policy, employers have a chance to recognize the early signs of violence and stop it before it explodes. There is more information on how to handle and respond to violence in the workplace.
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Virginia law protects employees who report coworkers exhibiting violent behavior. Any employee who, in good faith with reasonable cause and without malice, truthfully reports threatening conduct by a co-worker will be immune from civil liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as the result of making such a report. The law defines “threatening conduct” as any conduct that would make a person reasonably fear death or bodily injury (VA Code Sec. 40.1-51.4:5).
Reviewed July 2015.

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