California Workplace Violence Prevention Law Coming Soon!

Time is running out for employers in California to be compliant with SB 553, which requires employers to implement a workplace violence prevention plan (WVPP). SB 553 was signed into law on September 30, 2023. Effective on July 1, 2024, all employers, both public and private sector (with limited exceptions), are required to implement a workplace violence prevention plan, administer training for your employees and keep training records for one year, and include recordkeeping requirements for employers. Employers must also log all incidents of workplace violence, even if the incident did not result in any injuries.

According to a fact sheet from the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety & Health Publications, the Workplace Violence Prevention plan must be implemented and maintained, including the following:

  • Prohibiting employee retaliation
  • Accepting and responding to reports of workplace violence
  • Employee workplace violence training and communication
  • Emergency response
  • Workplace violence hazard assessments
  • Oher requirements, such as maintaining a Violent Incident Log

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