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Domestic Violence

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Domestic violence is a widespread problem, with one in four women and one in nine men being victims of sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner according to federal statistics. Although domestic violence usually occurs outside the workplace, it can have tremendous impact on the workplace, as it may lead to reduced productivity and morale, increased employee turnover, strained relationships, poor job performance, rising healthcare costs and attendance issues.

Employers should take steps to minimize the risk of liability and keep the workplace safe for victims and co-workers. In managing domestic violence at work, the following are some issues to consider: