Employment Law Bulletin | March 19, 2024

Workplace Violence Prevention Plan Template Is Here!

In our November 7, 2023 Employment Law Bulletin, we reported on the passing of California Senate Bill 553 and its comprehensive requirements.  In a nutshell, SB 553 requires most California employers to establish, implement, and maintain an effective, written Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP) by July 1, 2024.  As a reminder, these requirements do not apply to the following:

  • healthcare facilities already covered by California’s existing workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare;
  • employees teleworking from a location of their own choice that is not under the employer’s control;
  • places of employment where there are fewer than 10 employees working at the place at any given time and that are not accessible to the public;
  • facilities operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and
  • certain law enforcement agencies.

Because the new law requires covered employers to include an extensive amount of information in their WVPP and because Cal/OSHA had already begun to develop a WVPP template back in 2017, we hoped the agency would come to the rescue with an updated template to help employers achieve compliance with the new requirements.  We are excited to announce that Cal/OSHA has risen to the occasion with the WVPP template we have been waiting for.  You can access the new WVPP template (for non-healthcare settings) and very helpful Cal/OSHA fact sheets for healthcare, agricultural and general industry employers here.

If you have questions about drafting or implementing your Workplace Violence Prevention Plan, please contact an SMT Employment Law attorney.  You can also access any of our past Employment Law Bulletins on our website.

Kari J. Brown

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Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Employment Law Group

Lisa Ann Hilario | Kari Brown

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