Executive Document

Governor's Executive Order Prohibiting Domestic Violence within the Workplace.

Issued: June 4, 1999

(DAR NOTE: This Executive Order is superseded by Executive Order 2005-0006, issued April 28, 2005.)


EXECUTIVE ORDER

Policy on Domestic Violence within the Workplace

WHEREAS, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against a cohabitant, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power over the victim; and

WHEREAS, we have a general duty to provide a work environment that is safe from all forms of violence including domestic violence perpetrated within the workplace; and

WHEREAS, we must not tolerate harassment of state employees within state offices, facilities, work sites, or vehicles, or the display of violent, aggressive, or threatening behavior that results in physical or emotional injury to any employee;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael O. Leavitt, Governor of the State of Utah, prohibit domestic violence in each workplace in which state employees and employees of public and higher education are required to conduct business and order the director of each department in state government to establish a policy governing domestic violence in the workplace.

The policy shall contain:

(1) a statement of zero tolerance for domestic violence in the workplace;

(2) carefully designed procedures to protect the rights and address the needs of employees who are victims of domestic violence to include:

(a) establishment of safety procedures;
(b) protection of privacy and confidentiality;
(c) access to information for personal counseling or to the department Employee Assistance program where available;
(d) adjustments in work schedule and use of leave consistent with Department of Human Resource Management rule R477-8;

(3) a prohibition on the use of state facilities, resources, or time to facilitate and perpetuate domestic violence;

(4) a provision for the discipline of employees who violate this policy consistent with Department of Human Resource Management rule R477-11;

(5) access to information for personal counseling or to the department Employee Assistance program where available for employees who are perpetrators of domestic violence and who voluntarily seek assistance;

(6) training for managers and supervisors on prevention and appropriate response to domestic violence which disrupts the workplace;

(7) any other provision that appears to the department director to further materially the purposes of this order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Executive Director of the Department of Human Resource Management provide technical assistance, when requested, appropriate educational materials, and policy guidelines.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here unto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Utah. Done at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, this 4th day of June, 1999.

(State Seal)

MICHAEL O. LEAVITT
Governor

ATTEST:

OLENE S. WALKER
Lieutenant Governor


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(DAR NOTE: This Executive Order is superseded by Executive Order 2005-0006, issued April 28, 2005.)