Senate Bill 553 would prohibit employers from forcing workers to confront active shoplifters and provide active shooter training to workers.


via chainstoreage:

The California Senate has passed a bill that would establish new workplace violence prevention standards in California. Not everyone is happy about it.

The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 553, now progresses to policy committees in the State Assembly. Among other things, it would prohibit employers from “maintaining policies that require employees to confront active shooters or suspected shoplifters.” It also would require all non-healthcare employers to provide active shooter training to workers.

The bill comes as retail crime is on the upswing, with several retailers, including Target, blaming theft, particularly organized retail crime, as eating into their profits. It also comes amid rising theft-related violence. In April,  a 26-year-old Home Depot security guard, Blake Mohs, was shot to death while trying to stop a theft in progress inside the company’s store in Pleasanton, Calif.

“With growing awareness of workplace violence, California needs smarter guidelines to keep workers safe in the office or on the job site,”said Senator Cortese (D-San Jose). “Under my SB 553, employers would be prohibited from forcing their workers to confront active shoplifters, and all retail employees would be trained on how to react to active shoplifting. The legislation has other provisions that keep people safe at work. Let’s take every reasonable step to prevent another workplace assault or shooting.”




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  1. Why is this a problem, stoking the fires of discontent on a very sketchy and exaggerated premise.
    Its not banning confrontation at all, its banning the forcing of employees from confronting, and fair enough. If I don't want to risk my neck confronting a shoplifter for the sake of my employers property then I shouldn't be required to do so. I'm sure if a security person is employed to do the job they are already OK with confrontation anyway but this protects the ordinary retail worker for any obligation which in my book is OK


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