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California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a new law to require employers to adopt workplace violence prevention plans, maintain records of any threats or incidents of workplace violence, and provide effective training to workers on workplace violence.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “is currently pursuing steps for adopting a similar standard for health care and social assistance industries nationally. The new California law is the first to apply such requirements more broadly to include nearly all California employers,” said Adam Fiss, an attorney with Littler in San Jose, Calif.
California employers must establish a written workplace violence prevention plan that includes:
- The name and/or job title of the person responsible for implementing the program.
- Procedures for the employer to receive and respond to reports of workplace violence, and to prohibit retaliation against an employee who makes such a report.
- Information about how an employee can report a violent incident, threat or other concern to the employer or law enforcement without fear of reprisal.
- Methods to alert employees of the presence, location and nature of workplace violence emergencies.
- Evacuation or sheltering plans that are appropriate and feasible for the worksite.
- Information about how employee concerns will be investigated and how employees will be informed of the results of the investigation.
- Procedures to obtain the active involvement of employees in developing and…
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