HR, Legal Experts to Discuss Workplace Violence at January 20 Roundtable

CLEVELAND / January 14, 2010 — EmployeeScreenIQ will host an interactive roundtable of HR and legal experts on Wednesday, January 20 to discuss the growing problem of workplace violence and help companies protect their employees.

Deadly employee shootings have erupted in St. Louis, San Diego and Fort Hood, Texas, yet many organizations continue to be unprepared. Most employers fail to address the problem until after an incident has taken place, according to Jason Morris, chief operating officer of the background screening firm.

“Each year over two million incidents of workplace violence occur in the United States, costing businesses $70 billion annually,” said Morris. “Yet over 70 percent of U.S. companies have no policy or formal program to address employee violence.”

The live webcast will take place Wednesday, January 20, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific Time). Free registration is available at:

Specific topics will include the roots of workplace violence, employer programs that assess and combat workplace violence, and liability and litigation that stem from worker incidents.

The guest panel will include:

– Dennis Butler, SPHR, owner of Crossings HR Solutions, LLC. Butler was previously vice president, workplace solutions at Liz Claiborne, Inc., where he developed and managed several internal programs including workplace safety. He was also part of the team that developed Liz Claiborne’s policy and protocols for domestic violence in the workplace.

– Mark A. Lies II, a partner and workplace violence specialist at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw. His chief practice areas include employment law, occupational safety and health law, as well as counseling and defense of workplace violence threats and incidents requiring involvement with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other federal and state agencies. He has also authored several publications on preventing workplace violence.

– W. Barry Nixon is executive director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc., a company that helps organizations launch programs to prevent workplace violence. He serves on a wide variety of national councils and committees that focus on workplace violence prevention. A frequent international speaker, Nixon is the creator of and He has written books and published magazines on workplace violence and employment screening, while also appearing on CBS, NBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal Radio, and more.

– Bernard S. Dyme, president & CEO of Perspectives Ltd., which provides employee assistance programs, managed behavioral healthcare, and management consulting. A frequent author and speaker, Dyme specializes in helping organizations balance cost savings with having a safe, healthy and productive workforce. He consults with business, labor and professional groups on a variety of topics, including strategies for dealing with change and the stress that accompanies it.

– Kim Wells, executive director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. The alliance is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace. She serves on a wide variety of national advisory boards and state commissions, and is an international speaker on topics such as partner violence in the workplace and workplace violence.

EmployeeScreenIQ recently released a white paper titled “Violence in the Workplace,” which can be downloaded by visiting

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