Workplace Violence
Domestic Violence
Workplace Violence
Definition
Workplace Violence: Any physical assault,
threatening behavior or verbal abuse in the work
s...
N.Y.S. Labor Law Article 2, Section 27-b
Duty of public employer to develop and implement
programs to prevent workplace vi...
Policy Statement
SUNY New Paltz will actively work to prevent and eliminate
violence, threatening behavior, and harassment...
Employee responsibilities
• Ensure familiarity with College policies and
procedures relating to workplace violence
prevent...
Employer responsibilities
• Assess risks of workplace violence
• Provide general training on WPVP to all
employees
• Monit...
Risk factors
• Working late night or early morning hours
• Exchanging money with the public
• Working alone or in small nu...
Practical tips on staying safe at work
Working late/early/alone or in small numbers
• Move car closer to building after ho...
Handling money
• Barrier between you and the customers
• Do not leave money visible to customers
• Do not keep large amoun...
Practical tips on staying safe at work
• Safety outside
• Be aware – pay attention to surroundings
• Walk confidently
• Co...
Possible signs of distress
• Direct or suggestive threats of harm
• Intimidating, belligerent, or other inappropriate or
a...
Possible signs of distress, cont’d.
• Statements indicating desperation (over family,
financial, and other personal proble...
Signs of crisis
• Hostility, aggression, violence
• Garbled or slurred speech
• Loss of contact with reality
• Suicidal th...
Reducing the risks
If threatened, call University police 257-2222 (use
blue light phone) or 911
 Seek backup from a colle...
Defusing a threatening situation
• Stay calm
• Communicate respect
• Listen to understand
• Cooperate
• Aim for a plan
• L...
Please click play to view the video.Video
How to respond when an active
shooter is in your vicinity
How to respond when law
enforcement arrives on the scene
Recognizing signs of potential
workplace violence
• Bullying is when groups or individuals
repeatedly engage in unreasonable actions with
the intention to intimidate.
• May...
• Threatening an individual’s work status
• Making inappropriate references to age and gender
and spreading untrue accusat...
• Supervisor has reasonable grounds to deny a
promotion, to take disciplinary action, or to
terminate an employee based on...
• Creates unnecessary stress
• Reduces self-esteem
• Depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts
• Physical symptoms such as...
• Lower productivity
• Increased frequencies of grievances,
resignations, and transfer requests
• Increase in absenteeism
...
Questions?
Domestic Violence
The Law
October 2007 Governor David Paterson signed
into law Executive Law #19. This order required
that all NY State agen...
Domestic Violence
Definition
Domestic Violence: A pattern of coercive tactics,
which can include physical, psychological, ...
Domestic Violence – who is affected?
Domestic violence happens between intimate partners
who:
• Are married or were once m...
Important Facts You Should Know:
• A 2005 national survey found that 21% of full-time
employed adults were victims of dome...
Signs of domestic violence
• Visible injuries
• Illnesses – especially stress-related ones
• Problems related to other iss...
Policy Statement
SUNY New Paltz, to the fullest extent possible
without violating any existing rules, regulations,
statuto...
Personnel Policies
Employees will be subject to disciplinary actions and
referral to appropriate authorities if they:
• Us...
Where to get help
Local agencies
Office of Human Resources
EAP coordinators
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic
Viol...
Employer Responsibilities
Agency shall inform employees that New
York State law prohibits insurance
companies and health m...
Employer Responsibilities, cont’d.
Referrals shall be made to domestic violence
programs located on the OPDV website at
ht...
Employer Responsibilities, cont’d.
The College will take appropriate consideration of domestic
violence in all aspects of ...
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  1. 1. Workplace Violence Domestic Violence
  2. 2. Workplace Violence Definition Workplace Violence: Any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse in the work setting. A workplace may be any location, either permanent or temporary, where an employee performs any work-related duty.
  3. 3. N.Y.S. Labor Law Article 2, Section 27-b Duty of public employer to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence. 1. Purpose of this section is to ensure that the risk of workplace assaults and homicides is evaluated by affected public employees and that such employers design and implement workplace violence protection programs to prevent and minimize the hazards of workplace violence to public employees.
  4. 4. Policy Statement SUNY New Paltz will actively work to prevent and eliminate violence, threatening behavior, and harassment on campus. The college will respond promptly and decisively to violence, threatening behavior and harassment on campus. This response may include disciplinary action as specified in the appropriate collective bargaining agreements and NY Public Officers Law. The College’s response may also include removal of third party vendors from campus and/or termination of contracts with such vendors.
  5. 5. Employee responsibilities • Ensure familiarity with College policies and procedures relating to workplace violence prevention • Follow all policies and procedures • Report incidents and new risks quickly
  6. 6. Employer responsibilities • Assess risks of workplace violence • Provide general training on WPVP to all employees • Monitor and document progress and incidents • Evaluate the effectiveness of the program
  7. 7. Risk factors • Working late night or early morning hours • Exchanging money with the public • Working alone or in small numbers • Uncontrolled access to the workplace • Areas of previous security problems
  8. 8. Practical tips on staying safe at work Working late/early/alone or in small numbers • Move car closer to building after hours • Keep emergency numbers handy • Lock office door when alone • Tell someone where you are • Keep cell phone charged, on and handy • Use the buddy system • Lock car door when leaving • Have car key ready • Park under lights
  9. 9. Handling money • Barrier between you and the customers • Do not leave money visible to customers • Do not keep large amounts on hand
  10. 10. Practical tips on staying safe at work • Safety outside • Be aware – pay attention to surroundings • Walk confidently • Conceal valuables
  11. 11. Possible signs of distress • Direct or suggestive threats of harm • Intimidating, belligerent, or other inappropriate or aggressive behavior • Numerous conflicts with supervisors and other employees • Bringing a weapon to the workplace, brandishing a weapon in the workplace, making inappropriate references to guns, or fascination with weapons
  12. 12. Possible signs of distress, cont’d. • Statements indicating desperation (over family, financial, and other personal problems) to the point of contemplating suicide • Drug/alcohol abuse • Extreme changes in behavior
  13. 13. Signs of crisis • Hostility, aggression, violence • Garbled or slurred speech • Loss of contact with reality • Suicidal thoughts with plans or methods • Homicidal thoughts Call University Police 257-2222 or 911
  14. 14. Reducing the risks If threatened, call University police 257-2222 (use blue light phone) or 911  Seek backup from a colleague  Refer students to Student Counseling Service  Report incidents with students to Dean of Student Affairs  Report concerns to supervisor, HR, EAP  Practice good active listening skills  Behave in a calm, friendly, helpful manner
  15. 15. Defusing a threatening situation • Stay calm • Communicate respect • Listen to understand • Cooperate • Aim for a plan • Look after yourself
  16. 16. Please click play to view the video.Video
  17. 17. How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity
  18. 18. How to respond when law enforcement arrives on the scene
  19. 19. Recognizing signs of potential workplace violence
  20. 20. • Bullying is when groups or individuals repeatedly engage in unreasonable actions with the intention to intimidate. • May involve abuse or misuse of power • Includes intimidation, degradation, and humiliation • May be covert and/or overt • May harm the health of both employees and the organization Bullying
  21. 21. • Threatening an individual’s work status • Making inappropriate references to age and gender and spreading untrue accusations • Withholding important information and taking credit for work • Establishing impossible deadlines, quantity of work, and exerting undue pressure • Setting the individual up to fail, demeaning his/her work publicly, and/or continually bringing up past mistakes Examples of Possible Bullying
  22. 22. • Supervisor has reasonable grounds to deny a promotion, to take disciplinary action, or to terminate an employee based on reasonable organizational policies • Different from simple aggression or having a “tough” supervisor • Different from harassment • Bullying is not necessarily illegal What Is Not Bullying
  23. 23. • Creates unnecessary stress • Reduces self-esteem • Depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts • Physical symptoms such as digestive and muscular disorders, elevated blood pressure, disrupted sleep, or suppressed immune system How Bullying Affects Employees
  24. 24. • Lower productivity • Increased frequencies of grievances, resignations, and transfer requests • Increase in absenteeism • Decrease in morale • Stifles creativity and ability to respond to change How Bullying Affects Organizations
  25. 25. Questions?
  26. 26. Domestic Violence
  27. 27. The Law October 2007 Governor David Paterson signed into law Executive Law #19. This order required that all NY State agencies issue a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy, so that state agencies could work with their employees who were victimized to help them stay safe and employed. This law is overseen by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV).
  28. 28. Domestic Violence Definition Domestic Violence: A pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.
  29. 29. Domestic Violence – who is affected? Domestic violence happens between intimate partners who: • Are married or were once married • Are living together or have lived together in the past • Have children together • Are dating or have dated in the past Domestic violence victims are usually women, but men can also be victims. It may happen in same-sex and opposite- sex relationships
  30. 30. Important Facts You Should Know: • A 2005 national survey found that 21% of full-time employed adults were victims of domestic violence.1 • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work annually – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs – as a result of domestic violence.2 • Thirty-seven percent of women who experienced domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job, or career promotions.3
  31. 31. Signs of domestic violence • Visible injuries • Illnesses – especially stress-related ones • Problems related to other issues, e.g. family, alcohol, drugs, mental health issues • Poor work performance or employment history • On-the-job harassment by the abuser The only way to know is to ask. Try: “Is anything happening at home that is causing difficulties?” But be prepared to respond helpfully
  32. 32. Policy Statement SUNY New Paltz, to the fullest extent possible without violating any existing rules, regulations, statutory requirements, contractual obligations or collective bargaining agreements, will take all appropriate actions to promote safety in the work- place and respond effectively to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
  33. 33. Personnel Policies Employees will be subject to disciplinary actions and referral to appropriate authorities if they: • Use College resources or time to abuse an intimate partner • Commit an act of domestic violence from or at the workplace or from any location while on state business • Use their job-related authority to abuse their victim, or assist perpetrators of domestic violence in locating a victim or in perpetrating an act of domestic violence
  34. 34. Where to get help Local agencies Office of Human Resources EAP coordinators NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
  35. 35. Employer Responsibilities Agency shall inform employees that New York State law prohibits insurance companies and health maintenance organizations from discriminating against domestic violence victims.
  36. 36. Employer Responsibilities, cont’d. Referrals shall be made to domestic violence programs located on the OPDV website at http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/help/fss/resource.html. Additional referrals may be made to best meet the needs of the employee. Agency shall include information on domestic violence awareness and services in written materials provided to new employees and as part of new employee orientation. http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/help/fss/resource.html.
  37. 37. Employer Responsibilities, cont’d. The College will take appropriate consideration of domestic violence in all aspects of a victim’s work situation, including: • Requests for leave, FMLA and sick leave • Appointment to a position • Transfers/Promotions • Disciplinary cases • Location of work site • Allocation of duties and responsibilities • Termination or voluntary separation • Workplace violence prevention measures • Confidentiality of employee information • Access to benefits
  38. 38. Questions?
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