Violence at work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related violence as “any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to work”. This includes verbal abuse and threats, in addition to physical abuse.

Employees in many public-facing roles are at risk of being attacked by customers, while other positions, such as prison officer and police officer, are inherently dangerous. Employers may have a policy on violence at work, which should set out preventative steps and support available to victims.

Domestic violence outside work may also have an impact on employees’ health and wellbeing.

NHS to crack down on violence against staff

Nurses and doctors will be better protected from attacks by patients and their families under plans to crack down on...

Recruitment agency held liable after MD punches colleague

12 Oct 2018

A recruitment agency has been held vicariously liable for the actions of its managing director after he punched someone and...

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Tougher sentences for attacks on emergency workers

13 Sep 2018

Prison terms for individuals who assault emergency workers will increase from six months to a year under a new law...

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Violence against retail staff increases 25%

20 Jun 2018

Assaults on retail staff rose by a quarter last year, according to the Home Office, highlighting the need to better...

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Rail staff face brunt of public anger over delays

1 Jun 2018

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is calling on train operators’ management to “come out of...

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Whistleblower allegedly tied to a chair after speaking out

25 May 2018

A whistleblower who complained of a misogynistic and racist culture at a Scottish government department has claimed that she was...

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Violent assaults on ambulance staff up by more than a third

25 Apr 2018

The number of violent assaults on ambulance staff rose by more than a third (34%) in four years, according to...

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Assaults on NHS staff increase 10% in a year

17 Apr 2018

Physical assaults on NHS staff in England rose by 9.7% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published today.


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Morrisons vicariously liable for employee’s attack on customer

2 Mar 2016

The supermarket Morrisons is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who seriously assaulted a customer, the Supreme Court...

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Misconduct at a work event can result in disciplinary sanctions and/or dismissal.

Bank worker who licked – then punched – colleague at party was fairly dismissed

16 Nov 2015

The EAT has held that a bank worker who licked the face of a colleague...

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Tribunal watch: Man dismissed over domestic violence allegations claims sex discrimination

18 May 2015

An employee who was sacked for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after a workplace party tried unsuccessfully to claim sex discrimination....

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Definition of disability: guidance on exclusion of “tendency to physically abuse”

6 May 2015

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the upper tribunal in a special educational needs case provides guidance on the exclusion...

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April Fool’s Day: when workplace pranks go wrong

1 Apr 2015

Workplace pranks are harmless fun most of the time, but there are occasions when a practical joke in the workplace...

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The BBC is currently investigating a fracas involving Jeremy Clarkson. Photo: Ben Queenborough/BPI/REX

How should the BBC deal with Jeremy Clarkson?

13 Mar 2015

Following Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear, employment lawyer Darryll Thomas examines the next steps the BBC should take.

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Tribunal watch: Unfair dismissal of manager “forced to dress up as Santa”

9 Mar 2015

An employment tribunal has held that a manager was constructively dismissed after he was forced to dress up as Father...

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