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How to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that can have a drastic impact on the lives of the affected employee, his or her co-workers and the workplace as a whole if not handled properly by the employer. Although the violence takes place outside the workplace, it has the ability to impact every facet of a victim's life including their work situation; it can follow an employee into the workplace and cause myriad issues. An employer should be prepared to implement policies, practices and procedures to help manage domestic violence victims, assist them in seeking the treatment they need and prevent workplace violence. In order to address domestic violence in the workplace and provide protection to employees and co-workers, an employer should do the following: