Employers in Kentucky need policies and plans for addressing the potential for workplace violence. Threats and violence may come from employees, contractors or third parties and employer may be liable to employees (and contractors) for workers’ compensation claims and penalties as well as to third parties to whom they may owe a duty or contractual obligation. OSHA also requires the Employer to provide a safe place to work, free from “known hazards”.
Consistently enforced and published policies should include firearms prohibition and zero tolerance, reporting, investigation, and employee training as well as emergency response procedures in the event of an “active shooter”. The employer should also review insurance coverages and contracts with vendors and contractors regarding indemnity provisions to mitigate risk associated with workplace violence.