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Domestic Violence at Work: New Legal Risks & Mitigating the Bottom Line Impact

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A recent study from the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence group, found that 21% of full-time employed adults indicated they were victims of domestic violence.

Unaddressed, these workers suffer silently—as does their job performance. There is also the ever-present danger that domestic violence will spill over into the workplace, endangering not just the victim worker but all employees.

Failing to address the issue of domestic violence in the workplace not only drains productivity and puts all workers’ safety at risk, but it may run afoul of new state laws that are increasing the obligations that employers have to employee victims.

This webinar recording will detail changes in the law that most companies are not aware of, and share real-world examples of corporate programs that ensure legal compliance, enhance workplace security, and provide a business benefit.

From chronic lateness to missed deadlines, surveys show that between 64 to 96 percent of employed individuals who are victims of domestic violence say the abuse negatively impacts their ability to do their job.

Companies that don’t beef up security when they know an employee is facing a threat from a domestic partner or acquaintance may face civil or criminal penalties if a violent act does occur at work. The price tag in such cases has been as high as $5 million.

With violence stemming from personal relationships on the rise, lawmakers have taken swift action to protect domestic violence victims, and your company should too.

Purchase this webinar recording and you will:

  • Understand the migration of domestic violence legislation into employment law, including how new laws fit in with FMLA and the ADA
  • Understand the range of legal protections these new laws extend to victim employees, from making discrimination illegal, time-off provisions, eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits, to providing reasonable accommodations to protect employee victims while at work
  • Understand the truth behind the attitude of some company leaders that learning about domestic violence afflicting workers will raise the company’s liability
  • Discover sources of risk few companies consider, such as employee perpetrators of domestic abuse who use company time and resources to perpetrate partner harassment which may rise to the level of a crime, creating another source of liability for employers
  • Discover how some forward-looking companies are addressing domestic violence in the workplace and how these model programs can benefit a company’s bottom line
  • Learn a range of workplace strategies you can use to combat domestic violence and help victims including policies, training, victim assistance, and security services
  • Discover creative methods for promoting the issue and selling management on the need to address it

FEATURED FACULTY

Kimberly K. Wells
Executive Director, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Kim Wells is the Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. The Alliance is a leading force in the fight against domestic violence, and is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace. Since 1995, the Alliance has brought together dozens of progressive companies who exchange information, collaborate on projects, and use their influence to instigate change. With corporate members and affiliates reaching over a million employees across the nation, CAEPV members include Allstate Insurance Company, Altria Group, Inc., American Express, Archer Daniels Midland, Avon Products, Inc., Blue Shield of California Foundation, CIGNA, COUNTRY Financial, Eastman Kodak, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Health Care Service Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, Lifetime Television, Liz Claiborne Inc., Mary Kay Inc., Northern Trust Company, RAND, State Farm Insurance Companies, Verizon Wireless, Verizon Communications, and The World Bank Group. Internationally, the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence UK, and the Hurriyet Newspaper Group in Turkey are CAEPV member organizations.

Nationally, Kim serves as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the liaison to the American Medical Association National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, the National Advisory Board for the National Family Justice Center Alliance, the Advisory Board for the Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program, and the Workplace Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. Formerly Kim served on the ASIS International Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Guideline Committee.

Kim is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer in the United States and internationally on topics such as partner violence and the workplace, workplace violence, organizational ethics and leadership. Internationally, she has assisted the Australian government and Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in Israel in creating business partnerships to address intimate partner violence as a workplace issue and has worked in Jordan to help build public-private partnerships between NGOs and businesses in that country. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology.

Maya Raghu
Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum

Maya Raghu is a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum. She directs Legal Momentum's Employment and Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence project, which provides direct representation to survivors of domestic violence and expert consultation and trainings to attorneys and advocates around the country on employment and housing discrimination issues of victims, and conducts legislative advocacy and public education. She has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts around the country. Maya also leads Legal Momentum's effort to incorporate international human rights principles in domestic law. Prior to joining Legal Momentum, Maya was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City for four years, where she worked on a variety of commercial litigation and pro bono matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She received her B.A. from Trinity University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

This webinar was recorded on June 4, 2009
Product ID: 9S01

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