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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Legal Considerations

Legal counsel is a vital component of any policy-development team, as the resulting document will be closely scrutinized if there is a court case. Careful consideration may prevent or reduce any potential liability suits. Attorneys have a different perspective than security or employee-relations personnel. There may be disagreements regarding what or who is to be protected (the employee-victims, the workplace in general, the financial stability of the company, etc.). A company attorney will likely advise against using language that too specifically describes any obligation of the company, in order to reduce your liability. Having any policy at all on domestic violence in the workplace can create a vulnerability for an employer ...

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