Workplace violence: Keep staff safe the legally smart way — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Employers are legally obligated to maintain a safe work environment. When employees commit violent acts against co-workers or customers, employers can be held responsible through negligent-hiring and supervision lawsuits.

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In April 2007, an auditor, fired from his job at a suburban Detroit tax firm, returned a week later with a 12-gauge shotgun and shot a receptionist and two senior partners. In August 2007, an employee, fired from his job at a New York City apartment complex, shot his former supervisor and injured two more people after losing a discrimination lawsuit.

Each year roughly 1,000 people are workplace homicide victims. And research shows that killings are five to seven times more likely to occur at workplaces where guns are allowed.

Yet the traditional right of employers to prohibit guns from company facilities and parking lots recently has come under fire from the National Rifle Association (NR...(register to read more)

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