Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace: How to Protect Employees and Minimize Liability

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Friday, June 26, 2015 2:00 PM3:15 PM (Eastern Time)


Cristina L. Amyot, MHRM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Course Description:

U.S. employers lose $5.4 billion annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence on workers.

And although most employers have violence prevention policies for incidents at work, few address domestic violence issues that take place outside of the workplace.

In fact, a recent survey found that 71 percent of CEOs did not believe domestic violence is a problem in their company. But, the reality is approximately 21 percent of fulltime workers report being a victim of domestic violence and 64 percent of them indicated that their work performance was significantly impacted.

How? Increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and even job loss. Add to this higher medical costs and insurance premiums and you have a costly, dangerous, and potentially litigious workplace issue.

Course Highlights:

During this comprehensive webinar, you will learn:

  • How to detect the signs of domestic abuse,
  • Proper methods for addressing the issue,
  • What to document, and
  • How to remain compliant with the laws that apply to domestic abuse in the workplace including;
    1. OSHA
    2. Family and medical leave laws (FMLA)
    3. Victim assistance laws
    4. Federal or state anti-discrimination laws
    5. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

You’ll also learn what to include in a Workplace Domestic Violence Policy, and;

  • Signs that an employee is the victim of domestic violence
  • Where to obtain domestic violence resource information
  • Dos and don’ts when it comes to approaching/counseling victims of domestic violence
  • What to do if an employee refuses help or denies abuse
  • Best practices for handle restraining orders in the workplace
  • Specific procedures to put in place before a violent event occurs
  • What to document
  • How to handle domestic violence leave
  • Appropriate and legal means of barring an abuser from the workplace
  • Additional security steps to protect the employee


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Cristina Amyot

Cristina Amyot, SPHR, the firm’s President, leads the HR Services Group. Ms. Amyot graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Life, Accident, and Health Insurance License from the State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

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