Employer’s legal obligation to manage domestic violence

Domestic violence can begin in the home, but it can navigate its way to the workplace and employers have a legal obligation to manage it head on. This can be done by implementing procedures and policies that both protect the victims of domestic abuse and urgently manages employees who are accused of it.

Within Ontario in 2010, Bill 168 amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act which sought to include domestic abuse as a form of workplace violence.   The outcome of this was a positive step in the right direction.  Employment lawyer, Daniel Lublin explains that the bill created a positive obligation for employers. This obligation requires employers to conduct risk assessments and to take the appropriate steps to protect workers from domestic violence in the workplace. It also addresses the need for employers to take the appropriate measures to manage employees who are accused of domestic violence.

Read more on this topic and the full article Arresting domestic violence at work