Hurst introduces bill to combat workplace violence in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. – Del. Chris Hurst introduced legislation Wednesday that looks to prevent workplace violence in Virginia.

Hurst explains that House Bill 1457 provides civil immunity to employers who, in good faith, share information about violent or threatened violent behavior by current or former employees with potential employers or law enforcement officials.

“I hope this measure will increase communication between employers about more than just dates of employment for job applicants,” said Hurst. “Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees and that extends to whom they hire. Many have asked me, ‘What do you think could have been done to prevent the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward?’ I think this step would be a great place to start to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.”

Furthermore, the bill grants civil immunity to potential employers who consider such information when reviewing candidates for employment.

Hurst, a Democrat, represent's Virginia's 12th District, which covers Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties, as well as the city of Radford.

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