One issue facing workers in South Carolina this Labor Day is the importance of vigilance in the workplace preventing issues of violence.
University of South Carolina labor law professor Joe Seiner told South Carolina Radio Network that workers and employers need to spot potential complications. “Thousands of incidents of workplace violence happen each year and it would be great if some of those could be avoided through channeling people into the proper counseling programs,” Seiner said.
He said, if left unchecked, the violence can lead to workplace tragedies. “Make sure that you’re doing the type of counseling necessary to get workers into programs where they can get some type of assistance if you’re seeing things that are potentially problematic,” said Seiner.
Another issue facing South Carolinians, he believes, is overdisciplining workers for content they post on Facebook and other social media. “An employer finds out something they don’t like, then they terminate them,” Seiner said. “Most workers are surprised that in South Carolina there are very few protections. Generally speaking, because (South Carolina) is an employment at-will state. employers are free to terminate workers for posting something.”