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Stewart: Workplace Violence Prevention Act raises questions for businesses

A new law enables most employers to seek an order of protection, commonly called an OP, on behalf of its employees in certain situations. The Workplace Violence Prevention Act can be used by an employer if one of its employees has already suffered violence (including harassment and stalking) or received a “credible threat of violence” at the place of work, or if the threat can be reasonably foreseen to occur at the place of work. A credible threat of violence is defined as a “statement or course of conduct that does not serve a legitimate purpose and that causes a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or for the safety of the person’s immediate family.”

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