Model Policy for Workplace Threats and Violence

Sample:

     “Threats, threatening behavior, or acts of violence against employees, visitors, guests, or other individuals by anyone on company property will not be tolerated.  Violations of this policy will lead to disciplinary action which may include dismissal, arrest and prosecution.

     Any person who makes substantial threats, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent acts on company property shall be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits, and shall remain off the company premises pending the outcome of an investigation.  The company will initiate an appropriate response.  This response may include, but is not limited to, suspension and/or termination of any employment relationship, reassignment of job duties, suspension or termination of employment, and/or criminal prosecution of the person or persons involved.

     No existing company policy, practice, or procedure should be interpreted to prohibit decisions designed to prevent a threat from being carried out, a violent act from occurring or a life-threatening situation from developing.

     All company personnel are responsible for notifying the supervisory or management representative designated below of any threats which they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received.  Even without an actual threat, personnel should also report any behavior they have witnessed which they regard as threatening or violent when that behavior is job related or might be carried out on a company controlled site, or is connected to company employment.  Employees are responsible for making this report regardless of the relationship between the individual who initiated the threat or threatening behavior and the person and persons who were threatened or were the focus of the threatening behavior.  If the designated management representative is not available, personnel should report the threat to their supervisor or another member of management.

     All individuals who apply for or obtain a protective or restraining order which list company locations as being protected areas, must provide to the designated management representative a copy of the petition and declarations used to seek the order, a copy of any temporary protective or restraining order which is granted, and a copy of any protective or restraining order which is made permanent.
     The company understands the sensitivity of the information requested and has developed confidentiality procedures which recognize and respect the privacy of the reporting employee(s).”

The designated management representative is:

Name: __________________________________________________________________
Title: ___________________________________________________________________
Department: _____________________________________________________________
Phone: _________________________________________________________________
Location: _______________________________________________________________

Source:  American Crime Prevention Institute