1. Addressing Threats of Violence in the Workplace: What Can Employers Do Before a Threat Turns into Violence?

Addressing Threats of Violence in the Workplace: What Can Employers Do Before a Threat Turns into Violence?

Addressing Threats of Violence in the Workplace: What Can Employers Do Before a Threat Turns into Violence?
Event ID: 17441
Not for Sale
Recording: 15324

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Robert Gregg, partner, Boardman & Clark Law Firm, LLP
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? HR, training, in-house counsel, financial officers, CEOs, managers and supervisors

Incidents of workplace violence are on the rise, and oftentimes before a violent act takes place an employee will make threats or do harm to co-workers or property. The results are sometimes catastrophic. Threats often go unnoticed or employers may be uncertain how they can legally respond when they sense that a threat of violence exists in their workplace. Dealing with threats of violence requires prompt, sometimes immediate, action, yet many organizations are not prepared for these situations. The ADA “direct threat standard” and other laws offer some guidance when it comes to how an employer can respond when they believe a threat of violence exists in their workplace. Being prepared to act also requires that employers have in place the policies, training, and understanding of the overall practices and processes which can be used to prevent, identify, act and deal with threats and violent acts before they occur, and be prepared to deal with crucial follow-up issues. Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he reviews the legal issues relating to workplace violence and threats of violence, including the ADA direct threat standards and Qualified Privilege, and discusses the policies and best practices which need to be put in place before a threat or violent act takes place.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What constitutes a threat of violence? What is violence? (The definition is broader than you might think)
  • Laws affecting your liability and reaction
  • Policies which help prevent or control violence
  • The ADA Direct Threat Standard
  • The Qualified Privilege – your immunity for addressing issues
  • Advance preparation
  • Steps to take in a situation
  • Security issues and interaction with law enforcement
  • Creating a fast action response team
  • Documentation you’ll need


Your conference leader for “Addressing Threats of Violence in the Workplace: What Can Employers Do Before a Threat Turns into Violence?” is Bob Gregg, a partner at the Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Bob has been involved in employment and civil matters for more than 30 years. He has designed work and service environment policies and procedures for numerous employers, schools and universities. He litigates employment and civil rights cases. As a founding faculty member of the Department of Defense Race Relations Institute, he developed anti-discrimination programs for military bases worldwide. As chief equal rights officer for the Wisconsin Personnel Commission, he was responsible for implementing some of the first anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies and practices in the United States.

Mr. Gregg is nationally recognized for his work dealing with developing respectful workplaces in education and numerous public and private employers. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States, and has authored numerous articles on practical employment issues, civil rights and management practices. Bob earned his JD from the West Virginia Law School.


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