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Minnesota lawmakers aim to tackle retail violence

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Lawmakers in Minnesota on Thursday read through a new bill that would require retailers to have in place anti-violence measures to protect workers.

S.B. 4383, which was referred to the Senate Labor​ Committee, states that by Jan. 1, 2025, retail stores “must design and implement a​ preparedness and incidence response action plan to acts of violence” that are “specific” to the establishment.

The plan “must include assessment procedures to identify and evaluate​ workplace violence hazards for each facility, unit, service, or operation, including​ community-based risk factors and areas surrounding the facility, such as employee parking​ areas and other outdoor areas,” according to the bill.

Under the proposal, retail stores must​ designate a committee of representatives of​ workers employed by the retail store, including nonmanagerial workers, consumer safety experts, and other appropriate personnel to develop the action​ plan, which must be reviewed and updated annually.