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Illinois passes workplace violence law

Medical Environment Update, June 1, 2019

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In a sweeping act of legislation that may affect the future of healthcare safety, late last year the state of Illinois passed a workplace violence prevention law that puts the onus on employers to protect healthcare workers.

It’s been a point of contention in healthcare for some time, as the industry continues to grapple with a rising epidemic of violence against hospital and clinical staff. Yet states and the federal government are hesitant to pass laws that require employers to mitigate such dangers.

The “Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act” passed by the Illinois General Assembly is designed to combat the violence that regularly occurs against healthcare workers in nearly all care settings. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law August 24, 2018, and it is currently going through the first stages of implementation.

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