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Orders of Protection Against an Employee – The ISBA Answers

Question: Can employers seek orders of protection against an employee?

Answer: Yes. Effective January 1, 2014, the Illinois Workplace Violence Prevention Act enables employers to petition the court for an order of protection, which is similar in most ways to the order of protection provided in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. The new law describes when an employer may obtain the order and how law enforcement is required to respond.

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