Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report “Weekend Read” newsletter featured an article by Elizabeth K. McManus and Lauri F. Rasnick, attorneys in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, titled “Preventing Physical and Verbal Covid-19 Workplace Violence.”

Following is an excerpt:

With pumpkin spiced lattes ushering in fall, the start of school for some, and the return to the workplace, our Insights touched on a number of Covid-19 legal issues. They included what parents and teachers should know about learning pods, how employers can control pandemic-related workplace violence, and why businesses should consider asking patrons to sign Covid-19 liability waivers. …

Containing Covid-19 Workplace Violence

Employers should take a 360-degree view of Covid-19 workplace violence prevention, as threats to employee safety can come from customers, co-workers, and even from an employee’s own internal stresses. Epstein Becker Green attorneys look at CDC guidelines and recommend clear written policies and procedures, training, and ongoing empathetic employer communications.

  • Co-Worker Stress: Employees may face mask-resistant customers and face mask or social distancing resistant co-workers.
  • Clear Policies: Employers should create and train employees to use safe and proper channels to report problems with co-workers.


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