EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2002-30


WHEREAS, the State of South Carolina recognizes that workplace violence is a growing problem that must be addressed; and

WHEREAS, the State is committed to providing its employees a safe and healthy working environment, reasonably free from intimidation, harassment, threats, or violence; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence costs employers at least three to five billion dollars a year nationally in absenteeism, lower productivity, employee turnover, and health and safety costs; and

WHEREAS, several leading employers in South Carolina, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, Verizon Wireless, and BMW, have established workplace policies to help prevent domestic violence and assist victims of abuse.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of this State, I encourage all state agencies to establish policies to prevent and address workplace domestic violence and to provide information and assistance to their employees who are struggling to overcome the problem of domestic violence.

Furthermore, I hereby order and direct all departments within the executive branch of state government, as set forth in S.C. Code 1-30-10, to adopt and enforce a "zero tolerance" policy for workplace violence, with the following standards:

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 8th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2002.

JIM HODGES
Governor


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