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New Legal Requirement for California Employers: Workplace Violence Policies

Starting July 1, 2024, all employers in California with more than 10 employees are now required to implement comprehensive workplace violence policies.

Under the new Labor Code Section 6401.9, employers must have a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP) which includes the following components:

  • Hazard Identification and Evaluation: Procedures to identify and assess potential workplace violence hazards.
  • Hazard Correction: Strategies to address and correct identified hazards.
  • Emergency Response Protocols: Clear protocols for responding to incidents of workplace violence.
  • Training Provisions: Mandatory training for employees on recognizing and mitigating workplace violence.

Failure to comply with this regulation could result in penalties and increased liability for incidents of workplace violence.

Next Steps

  • Develop Your Program: Start developing your workplace violence prevention program now to ensure compliance ASAP.
  • Implement Training: Ensure that all employees receive the necessary training on workplace violence prevention.
  • Seek Professional Assistance: Contact Meyers Nave for expert advice and assistance in creating a robust WVPP.

Resources and Guidance

  • Cal/OSHA Guidance: Cal/OSHA provides additional guidance and resources on the WVPP including this fact sheet for employers, located here.

By staying proactive and compliant, you can create a safer workplace and protect your business from potential liabilities.