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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.
5 Feb 2021
More than 65 retail chief executives have written to the Prime Minister calling for more protection for shop workers after...
5 Feb 2021
Paul Scully says HR, managers and colleagues must do more to help domestic abuse survivors, but it will be a learning curve.
27 Jan 2021
A Tesco store manager fired for manhandling a shoplifter has been awarded £43,100 for unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.
14 Jan 2021
Business minister Paul Scully says few firms are aware of the signs of domestic abuse, and even fewer have a clear policy to support those affected by it.
27 Nov 2020
With soaring rates of calls to domestic abuse helplines throughout the Covid pandemic and coverage of the Johnny Depp vs...
24 Aug 2020
Since the arrival of the coronavirus in the UK, the average retail worker has been assaulted, threatened or abused once every 6.5 days.
13 Jul 2020
Ministers are considering whether to increase the maximum penalty for assaulting an emergency services worker from 12 months to two years in prison.
19 Feb 2020
Only three out of 10 (29.3%) NHS staff say their trust takes positive action on health and wellbeing, with many...
3 Dec 2019
Pending a review announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, reforms to the IR35 rules are due to be extended to the...
13 Sep 2019
Transport for London workers on the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence from passengers.
10 Sep 2019
A Co-op funded report has called for government action to prevent crime against retail workers, claiming it has reached ‘epidemic’...
28 Jun 2019
With 115 attacks every day it's time for extra measures to protect retail workers demand unions, associations and supermarkets.
30 Apr 2019
A retail union has urged the government to better protect shop workers from violence and verbal abuse, after it emerged...
20 Feb 2019
Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...