[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington as Sec. 3:4 of the 1975 General Ordinances; amended 9-12-2000. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Personnel policies — See Ch. 58.
Burlington Township is committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace for its employees. Due to the incidence of violence in the workplace, Burlington Township is implementing this policy pertaining to acts of aggression or violence in the workplace.
The purpose of this policy is to minimize the risk of personal injury to employees in the workplace and the damage to property. Through the development of this policy, the conducting of a work-site analysis, the design of hazard prevention and controls, and education and training, Burlington Township can achieve its goal to greatly reduce the risk of workplace violence.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
- Any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the workplace. The workplace may be any location, either permanent or temporary, where an employee performs any work-related duty.
It is essential that all employees recognize that, before any actual physical act or violence occurs, there are often behaviors that individuals exhibit, specifically:
Coworkers display overt resentment, anger or hostility.
Coworkers display signs of extreme stress.
Coworkers make ominous threats related to harm or misfortune to another employee or that a catastrophic event may occur.
Coworkers whose job performance has deteriorated suddenly and/or significantly.
Coworkers who display irresponsible, irrational or inappropriate behavior.
Workplace violence, verbal and nonverbal threats, and related acts toward or by any employee will not be tolerated. Burlington Township has established a zero tolerance policy for these types of acts or behavior. For the purpose of the policy, threats include any verbal or physical harassment, attempt at intimidation or to instill fear in others, menacing gestures, brandishing or flashing concealed weapons, stalking, verbal or physical abuse, or other hostile, aggressive, injurious and destructive actions undertaken for the purpose of domination or intimidation.
All actual or perceived acts of violence experienced by an individual should be reported immediately to supervision. All threats will be promptly investigated. Reports of threats made by individuals may be made anonymously. No employee will be subject to retaliation, intimidation or discipline as a result of reporting a threat under this policy. If an investigation confirms that the violence or threat is committed by an employee, Burlington Township will take swift, appropriate, corrective measures, which may, at the discretion of Burlington Township, include discharge of the offender.