When Iowa employers perform background checks during the hiring process, they should consider records of violent behavior as a potential liability. A lawsuit working its way through the court system against Home Depot Inc. illustrates how an employer's responsibility to prevent harm to employees could even extend beyond the workplace. The home supplies retailer had tried to get the lawsuit dropped because the supervisor who killed a pregnant subordinate employee did so outside of work.
An unexpected death of a family member or loved one is jarring and completely devastating. Life is suddenly flipped upside down. You must deal with funeral planning, finding others to care for the kids and providing emotional support for other family members.