Following California’s New Workplace Violence Laws Is Good for All Businesses

Workplace violence prevention rules will go into effect in California this summer, and Dr. Marisa Randazzo recommends companies across the country — not just those in the Golden State — consider incorporating the policies.

This article was originally featured in Corporate Compliance Insights

This year, California will become the first state to require most employers to implement workplace violence prevention plans, train employees on those plans and keep records on all related activities.

Employers across the country are wise to pay attention, as anti-violence laws enacted in California have frequently served as a model for other legislatures, as they did when the state enacted the first anti-stalking law in 1990 and in 2014 with the development of extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs). Today, every state has criminalized stalking and 21 states have something similar to ERPO laws, which allow states to temporarily take guns away from people in crisis.

But there’s another good reason to pay attention. California anti-violence laws can provide a solid framework that employers — even those outside California — can use to develop and implement a plan that meaningfully reduces the risk of workplace violence and ensures compliance at their organizations. Reducing workplace violence risk is good for business, beneficial for employee morale and a company’s bottom line alike and good for society overall.

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Dr. Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D.