Putting in place a workplace violence policy

bFoxBy Bobbie J. Fox
SCF Attorney

One of the pieces to the puzzle in preventing and reacting to workplace violence is having an effective workplace violence policy.  What should you include?  First, have a “No Threats, No Violence” policy that is communicated to employees at the time of hire and throughout employment. The policy should clearly announce the employer’s safe workplace commitment, and set out a code of conduct prohibiting violence, threats or bullying, that applies on and off site during work related activities. Second, define unacceptable behavior and the consequences.  Third, explain how to report a concern and what Continue reading

Employer alert: Time to change your policy again

Phoenix city code broadens ordinance to prohibit discrimination
against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Individuals

By Bobbie J. Fox
SCF Attorney

The Phoenix City Council recently approved a proposal to expand the Phoenix City Code’s anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals. The Code applies to nearly all employers conducting business within the City, specifying that it applies if the employer has one or more employees for each working day in 20 calendar weeks in the current or preceding year. The Code prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, housing and some contracts with the City on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, Continue reading

Promote a safe work environment with mental health first aid

In light of October’s World Mental Health Day celebration, Arizona business owners may want to consider investing in mental health education and awareness in the workplace.

According to the World Health Organization, 450 million people suffer from mental disorders, which can lead to diseases and injury. In Arizona alone, a US Department of Health and Human Services study found that 221,000 adults lived with serious mental illness. Continue reading