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Date(s) - February 09, 2018
7:30 am - 9:00 am

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Dykema Cox Smith (Weston Centre)


Each year, for the last several years, approximately 2 million workers in the United States claim to have experienced a workplace violence incident. The type of violence ranges from aggressive verbal behavior to active shooters. One FBI study cited 160 active shooting incidents that occurred from 2000 to 2013 with 80% happening in the workplace. The majority of the shooters were not employed with the company where the acts took place. Sadly, these destructive incidents may happen anywhere and the cost to individuals and the business is astronomical. This workshop will discuss ways to identify potential sources of violent behavior, how to possibly prevent the acts and responses to egregious acts in order to protect employees and mitigate the results. The legal complications in this area are complex. As such, this session will include a review of Texas laws regarding workplace violence and the liability they may impose upon employers. Additionally, the speakers will present judicial cases demonstrating fact patterns where employers were responsible for damages to employees caused by workplace violence and conversely where there was no responsibility. Finally, there will be material on the current legal status based on claims of negligent hiring, supervision and retention. Other topics will include:

  • OSHA’s position on workplace violence
  • Sources of liability for employers when violence occurs
  • How does concealed and open carry affect workplace violence
  • What employment policies should be in place
  • How to use third party resources, such as Employee Assistance Programs

Ramon D. Bissmeyer, Member, Dykema Cox Smith
Donna K. McElroy, Member, Dykema Cox Smith
(Speakers are Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Friday, February 9, 2018
Two session times offered: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Breakfast/Lunch served 30 minutes prior to beginning of presentation

This workshop is expected to last 90 minutes and is complimentary for up to three attendees per company. Registration for additional attendees is $75 each.

Dykema Cox Smith
Weston Centre
112 E. Pecan Street, Suite 1800
San Antonio, TX 78205

Parking: Complimentary guest parking is available only in the Upper Level Parking Garage of the Weston Centre accessible from Soledad Street. Parking ticket will be validated at the event.


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