Dec 22 2014

Panel: Workplace Violence in Restaurants Troubling

Hugh Robert

While chef histrionics can add to the drama of restaurant reality TV, the real story of workplace violence in the kitchen is far more troubling.

Unfortunately abuse, both verbal and physical, has long been endemic in restaurant kitchens.

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Dec 19 2014

Workplace Violence: Assessing Risk, Dealing with Consequences

Assessing RiskBy Melissa A. Bailey, Esq. and Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D.

Employers today are faced with the daunting task of trying to root out workplace violence before it occurs for both legal and basic human safety reasons. In addition to the basic moral and human desire to keep workers safe from harm, legal responsibilities (including recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] directives) make violence prevention and intervention a top priority.

While most employment policies focus on coworker violence by prohibiting weapons, aggressive behavior and hate-based speech in the workplace, the challenge for employers is broader than that. Understanding how to avoid the risk of all four types of behavior is paramount for a safe and effective workplace.

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Dec 18 2014

Guns in the Workplace Versus Employer’s Property Rights

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP logoThere is a growing trend of state laws prohibiting employers from banning firearms on employers’ property. These laws are otherwise known as “parking lot laws.” At the state level, more and more states appear prepared to enact laws that would ban an employers right to prohibit firearms on their property. Some of these laws provide employer’s with immunity from liability if those employees cause harm with those firearms on the property. Other proposed laws provide no such protection from liability. In either case, the extent of an employer’s liability and what they should do to minimize it is not clear.

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Dec 17 2014

Union Wants CAMH Criminally Charged After Nurse “Beaten Beyond Recognition”

Warren Smokey Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union

By Sidney Cohen

Ontario nurses and public sector workers are calling on the province to criminally charge Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) following a patient’s alleged brutal beating of a nurse while on the job in January.

The nurse was reportedly “beaten beyond recognition” by the patient, and was dragged, and kicked multiple times. A joint statement recently released by the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) makes claims that the nurse’s employer broke protocol and did not take the incident seriously.

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Dec 16 2014

Bullies at Work: Counselor Says Adults Are Not Immune

By Jenny Kunka

Bullying in the workplace is as hurtful as playground shoving.Sue Pollington is a social worker, addictions counselor and owner of the Pollington Healing Institute, a holistic practice in Great Falls. Realizing that workplace harassment is a problem, Pollington formed a support group called, “Coping with a Toxic Work Environment.” “Unfortunately this is a pervasive experience,” Pollington said. “It’s not a new problem but it’s becoming more pervasive and obvious.”

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Dec 15 2014

McMaster University Fails to Address Workplace Violence

McMaster University CampusBy Susan Clairmont

A Ministry of Labour investigation has concluded McMaster University has a program to deal with workplace harassment and violence — but it failed to determine if the program is being implemented.

That failure raises questions about the value of legislated Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programs that the ministry either doesn’t have the authority or will to enforce.

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