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May 22 2015

Workplace Violence Prevention Forum Provides Tools, Support For SD Employers

Workplace Violence Prevention ForumBy London Swan

Just three months after a deadly workplace shooting in Lennox, leaders from 90 South Dakota companies gathered to talk about workplace violence.

The forum included more than 200 Management, Safety and Human Resources Representatives.

In February, a disgruntled employee opened fire at Sioux Steel Company in Lennox, leaving one dead and two others injured.

Wednesday, people gathered to talk about how they can prevent a similar incident from happening at their workplace.

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May 21 2015

Washroom utterance “I am your worst nightmare” not a joke

Rubin Thomlinson newsletter

This was indeed the dilemma at the centre of a recent arbitral decision Workers United Canada Council and Winners Merchants International. The facts considered by Arbitrator Trachuk were straightforward, and involved the communication between two male co-workers in the men’s washroom. In an exchange witnessed by several people, one man said to another, “I am your worst nightmare”. This caused the person to whom the comment was directed to become too upset to return to work. He told the Lead Hand that he had been threatened in the washroom. The employer’s Risk Assessment team then took over, and conducted an investigation. They concluded that the man who made the comment had violated the employer’s Workplace Violence Policy (the “Policy”), in that the comment was a “statement that insinuates violence, contains a general threat of violence or contains a direct threat against one or more individuals”.

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May 20 2015

Police offer advice for preventing violence at work

State police Capt. Garret L. RainsBy Christopher Holland

There is never one solution to solving workplace violence issues.

But there are several ways that businesses can mitigate the chances of it occurring, as well as having a plan to react in the event of a violent incident.

That was the message from state police Capt. Garret L. Rain on Thursday at the Workplace Violence Prevention & Response seminar at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.

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May 19 2015

Handling Emotionally Explosive People in the Workplace

stressed employeeBy Stephen Light

You are sitting in a meeting, dreading agenda item 3 – deadline status. ‘Bob,’ your manager, is in the meeting and you know he is going to ‘explode.’ That’s who he is. Tiny beads of sweat start running down the back of your neck.

You walk to the front of the room, ready to present your status. As you are about to open your mouth, Bob shouts from across the room, “Please tell me we are on track for making this deadline?”

Stuttering you say, “Bbbbbob, we have ennnncountttered aaaaaaaa few prrrrrrroblems.”

Bob is like a Tiger onto wounded prey.

“I am sick and tired of excuses. That’s all I seem to get from you lot these days. Excuses and more excuses. When will someone get something right around here?”

The room goes deadly silent….

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May 15 2015

5 reasons metal detectors in schools are a bad idea, according to security expert

Workplace ViolenceBy Brian Steele

Some schools with chronic violence and weapon violations have installed metal detectors at their entrances, screening students for contraband as they arrive.

That conversation has started in Worcester, where police have arrested several students in the past few weeks for possession of firearms, among other potentially deadly weapons. A security audit is underway and metal detectors are on the table, although there is community and City Council resistance.

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May 14 2015

How Toronto turned a drunken prank into a workplace bullying issue

Workplace BullyingBy Jillian Kestler-D’Amours

A Toronto reporter’s decision to turn the camera on male hecklers outside a soccer game transformed what had been perceived as a drunken prank into an issue of workplace harassment, experts tell the Toronto Star.

The confrontation, captured on camera, showed Toronto FC fans shouting at CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt the obscene phrase “F— her right in the p—-” — made popular online and used around the world.

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