Showing restraint: Ensuring worker safety with workplace protective orders

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in Employment Law,Firing,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Performance Reviews,Preventing Workplace Violence

The scene is, unfortunately, all too common: A disgruntled employee is terminated for poor performance. On his way out, he threatens his manager and co-workers. Fortunately, situations like this usually end with the terminated employee cooling off, filing for unemployment and getting on with his life. But what happens when the employee doesn’t let it go?

Workplace violence is a very real concern. Across the country, employers wrestle with the conflicting goals of respecting employees’ privacy while at the same time guarding them from aggressive or violent co-workers.

Workplace restraining orders

Indiana has taken a bold step toward protecting both employers and employees from credible threats of workplace violence.

Under Indiana Code 34-26-6, et seq., employers can petition Indiana courts for an order prohibiting workplace violence. The purpose of a workplace violence restraining order (WVRO) is to protect employees who...(register to read more)

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