This book, through an examination of a number of representative real world cases, provides a detailed look at what happened to some companies and traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations now used by business and labour leaders are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problems of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases. The book summarizes the most up-to-date learning in this area and offers practical guidance and recommendations for assessing the risk of violence, steps for preventing workplace violence, and a through discussion of employees rights and employer's responsib

The Legal Conundrum: What is the Employer's Duty?

The legal conundrum: What is the employer's duty?

After a certain level of the problem has been reached, legalistic thinking induces paralysis; it prevents one from seeing the scale and meaning of events.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart

One common reason for the mishandling of threat of violence cases is the advice that employers get from their lawyers. This is not to say that lawyers have no sense or that they do not base their advice on sound legal principles. The reason lies in the history of employment in America and the way that those laws have shaped our approaches to employee safety and rights.

Our culture elevates independence and the protection of property as essential rights of the individual. ...

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