Workplace Violence Prevention: Strategies to Address Employee Safety and Reduce Damaging Litigation
Live Webinar: Friday, April 28, 2017
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern/ 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Each year, more than 400 people die as a result of workplace violence in the United States — a growing problem that affects an employee’s safety, quality of life and business productivity.
Although homicides are widely publicized, they make up a relatively small portion of incidents. Acts of workplace violence, such as verbal, physical, and sexual assaults, domestic violence, and threats often go unreported and unnoticed. However, these cases can greatly impact the daily lives of workers by damaging their trust in the company and their productivity.
When violence in the workplace turns high profile, employee safety is put at risk, and there’s an often an added layer of harm which affects employee trust and the company’s reputation. Negative publicity can lead to a significant loss of business, which can adversely affect shareholder and investor relations, leading to a problem affecting many more people than those directly targeted by the acts workplace violence alone.
Join us on April 28 for an in-depth webinar led by Attorney Michelle Lee Flores, who will explain the types of conduct—both obvious and more opaque—that constitute workplace violence generally and how to minimize threats by addressing conduct-based issues or other “red flags” before they lead to violence.
- How to apply working definitions that are helpful for understanding and framing workplace violence including both physical and non-physical, verbal abuse and assault
- How to identify key causes or origins of violence occurring in the workplace
- Why OSHA generally issues workplace violence citations and penalties—so you can avoid making the same mistakes the organizations it has cited
- Situational factors that could put a workplace at particular risk of violence and examples of workplace settings that could be most vulnerable
- An employer’s legal requirements and general responsibilities when developing a comprehensive program to address potential workplace violence
- Who within your organization should have a part in developing a workplace violence prevention policy
- Tips for evaluating the success of your workplace violence prevention program
- Questions to ask to evaluate whether workplace violence could be more likely to erupt at your facility
- Best practices for training the workforce to detect signs of violence in the workplace, and what they should do to protect themselves
About Your Presenter:
Michelle Lee Flores, Esq.
Attorney Michelle Lee Flores, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Los Angeles office and the firm’s labor and employment department, has been practicing employment law for more than 20 years. She focuses her practice on all aspects of employment litigation, including jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation and pre-litigation negotiations involving sex, race, religion, age and disability harassment and discrimination, wage and hour violations, including class actions, and wrongful termination. Ms. Flores also advises clients on employment compliance, internal investigations, discipline, terminations, reductions in force, and wage and hour matters. She is a frequent lecturer and published author of articles in professional legal journals and major news outlets. Most recently, Ms. Flores was named a 2017 California Super Lawyer, as well as previously in 2014-2016. In 2012, she was one of 40 women attorneys in California recognized for their networking efforts by The Recorder's Women Leaders in Law.