President requires policies for preventing domestic violence in federal workplaces

By: May 11th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Hoping that all other employers will follow the example, President Obama issued a memorandum specifically requiring federal workplaces to protect workers from domestic violence related situations.

“The memorandum directs the Director of Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other interested heads of agencies, to issue guidance to agencies addressing the effects of domestic violence on the federal workforce, according to a White House news release.

According the White House announcement, the memo calls for:

  • Guidelines for assisting employee victims
  • Leave policies relating to domestic violence situations
  • General guidelines on when it may be appropriate to take disciplinary action against employees who commit or threaten acts of domestic violence
  • Steps agencies can take to improve workplace safety related to domestic violence
  • Resources for identifying relevant best practices related to domestic violence

A recent study by study by NIOSH and the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University found that intimate partner violence resulted in nearly a quarter of the homicides among women at work in the U.S, and that healthcare is one of the more common settings where domestic violence occurs in the workplace.

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