Action Items You Can Take Today To Reduce Risk For Your Business Part II:
REVIEW YOUR COMPANY POLICIES REGULARLY
It is so important to review on a regular basis your policies on things like employee
relationships, stalking, firearms, termination procedures and sexual harassment. If
Fail to take even one of these steps and you open the door to losses and significant risk.
your policy is outdated, it could be disastrous should you become the subject of a
There is legislation passing all the time and something that was law yesterday may
not be today. Take for example, a woman who worked for a company which had a
strict policy about no guns on the premises. The handbook clearly stated that even
a licensed firearm owner was not allowed to carry a gun in the workplace or in
their personal vehicles in the parking lot.
When the woman discovered she had a stalker, it was terrifying to think she could
not drive to work and back home with a gun in her car. Not because the state
prohibited it, but because her employer did! The (Texas) law had changed to state that
employers no longer had the right to prohibit firearms in personal vehicles parked
in the parking lot. [Texas Labor Code 52.061 and 52.062] However, the company had not
updated their manual and did not even know about the legislative change.
Later it was discovered by a co-worker that the woman in fact, had a gun (legally
and concealed properly) in her vehicle on company grounds. Her employer tried to file a suit
against her, despite the fact she was being stalked. Once the employer consulted
their attorney, they quickly backed off and changed the company manual. They
were not pleased about it, but they could not go forward with a lawsuit against the
employee or take disciplinary action.
How embarrassing for the company.
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