Workplace violence: Florida law opens liability beyond workers’ comp

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Twelve percent of all violent crimes committed in the United States occur in the workplace. And Florida employers face unique legal challenges in their response to such violence.

Reason: The state’s workers’ compensation law includes certain twists that could leave employers and managers exposed to personal liability in some cases.

Courts increase your responsibility

In most cases, workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for employees to obtain benefits for their work-related injuries. That “exclusive remedy” provision streamlines the benefits process because it’s not necessary to establish who was at fault. Whether it was the employer or the employee, the workers’ comp policy pays the benefits. No extensive litigation is necessary. At least, that’s the theory.

But recent Florida state court decisions have opened the door for workers injured through workplace violence to sue employers in court rather than usin...(register to read more)

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