Bloomberg Law “Weekend Read” Features Epstein Becker Green Insights on COVID-19 Workplace Violence Prevention

Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report

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.