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What's Your Policy on Workplace Violence?

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by Spencer Hamer
MGMA Connection Plus
September 30, 2015

Spencer Hamer's article, "What's Your Policy on Workplace Violence?," was published by MGMA Connection Plus on September 20, 2015.

From the article...

"A new law — California Senate Bill 1299 (SB-1299), which takes effect July 1, 2016 — addresses violence in medical facilities. The law requires certain healthcare employers to adopt violence prevention plans. It was passed in response to a spike in nonfatal assaults in the healthcare and social assistance industries during the past eight years.

This is not the first attempt to prevent workplace violence in hospitals through legislation. In 1993, California passed the California Hospital Security Act, which was designed to reduce violence in hospitals. Most states have enhanced criminal penalties for assaulting nurses, and the American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Md., created a model state bill to prevent violence against nurses. On a general level, several states require employers to have workplace violence programs, studies or incident reporting, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, D.C., has promulgated general guidelines and recommendations for preventing workplace violence. However, as this issue of MGMA Connection goes to press, no other state had passed legislation as comprehensive as California’s new bill."

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