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Texas to Require Employers to Post Notice Regarding the Reporting of Workplace Violence or Suspicious Activity

11 Jul


Update applicable to:

All employers in Texas

What happened?

The Texas Legislature has sent legislation to Governor Greg Abbott that will require employers in Texas to post notice to employees about reporting instances of workplace violence or suspicious activity.

What are the details?

The law, known as House Bill No. 915, will take effect on September 1, 2023, but the Texas Workforce Commission will have until March 1, 2024, to issue the prescribed notice for employers to post.

The notice must be posted in a conspicuous place in the employer’s place of business and in sufficient locations to be convenient to all employees, in both English and Spanish.

The Texas Workforce Commission will determine the form and content of the notice, which must include contact information for reporting instances of workplace violence or suspicious activity to the Texas Department of Public Safety and inform employees of their right to make anonymous reports.

Employers should be prepared to comply with the posting requirements once the prescribed notice is issued.

This legislation follows the enactment of Senate Bill No. 240, which requires Texas healthcare facilities to adopt workplace violence prevention plans by September 1, 2024.

For more information, please see the links below:

Official Bill Site

HB 915


What do employers need to do?

Once the Texas Workforce Commission issues the prescribed notice, Texas employers will have to post the notice as required, which may include posting not only in physical locations in the workplace for in-person employees, but also in electronic locations for remote employees.

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