When push comes to shove

Employers are expected to provide their own protections against workplace violence
By Lisa Corrente
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/17/2009

Lori Dupont, an operating room nurse, was murdered by her ex-partner and colleague at a Windsor, Ont., hospital on Nov. 15, 2005. This tragedy, along with other high-profile incidents at Canadian workplaces, has prompted several provinces to pass legislation aimed at preventing workplace violence. Across the country, the increased legislative focus on the prevention of workplace violence is creating significant responsibilities for employers. When push comes to shove, legislative requirements provide a starting point for which employers can develop policies to prevent and respond to violence and harassment in their organizations.