Legislators in North Carolina are considering a bill (S.B. 921) that would allow business owners to obtain a restraining order on behalf of an employee who is threatened by violence. The restraining order could be obtained to protect the employee from domestic violence or from a coworker. The order could be procured before any violence has occurred.
Proper training can help ensure that security officers know what to do when called to the scene of an incident involving a disruptive person who may be anywhere on a continuum of violence in the workplace.