Domestic Violence and Your Employees: Employer's Rights and Responsibilities Webinar
Time: 10:00 AM PDT, 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 60 Minutes
Not too long ago, employees experiencing domestic violence (DV) faced little support in the workplace. Some employers even terminated employees rather than supporting them. However, not only public opinion but also compliance requirements protecting employee´s jobs have radically changed. Most employers understand the negative effects that DV can have on their workplace and their employees. Employers also recognize the benefits of potential positive outcomes that taking a role in DV suppression and prevention can create.
Employers today find themselves at the forefront of helping change societal norms for the better. However, employers also find themselves facing increasing compliance obligations as well as the threat of legal problems resulting from security and liability issues related to domestic violence.
Why Should you Attend:
An employee facing DV does not just drop the problem at the time clock, rather it permeates and affects every area of the employee´s life. That includes their work, productivity and interactions with co-workers. Domestic violence can also spill over into the workplace as a safety issue because the workplace is the best place for their abuser to depend upon finding and contacting the employee. According to the DOL, it´s estimated that up to 75% of DV victims experience harassment at work. The employer costs don´t stop there as the CDC found on average, a domestic violence victim incurs $1,775 more in annual medical costs than an individual who is not a DV victim. As a result, employers often pay for the medical consequences of domestic violence.
DV have to work somewhere and an employer may find they are employing DV abusers too. Abusers are employee that don´t drop their abusing ways at the time clock either. Although abusers are often quite charming and very skillful at hiding their real self, eventually an abuser´s conduct is guaranteed to spill over into the workplace and influence their interactions with their coworkers in many negative ways. Such an abuser often spends part of their workday abusing their victim and often uses an employer´s network, phones or other equipment to do so.
Objectives of the Presentation:
- How to support employees experiencing DV
- Conditions surrounding an employer´s involvement in DV cases
- What to do if you suspect DV
- What to do if an employee comes to you with a DV situation
- An employer´s compliance obligations
- When employees can take leave for a domestic violence problem
- DV as a safety issue
- What to do if your employee is not the abused but the abuser
- How abusers affect their coworkers - putting a stop to it
- What to do if you get a complaint that your employee is harassing someone from your workplace
- What to do when DV victims start to display abusive behaviors toward their coworkers
- Creating a DV policy. What it should include