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November 29, 2011 | Legislation
The Alabama State Board of Education passed updates to its administrative code related to the use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools on November 10, 2011, effective December 11, 2011. The guidelines prohibit the use of physical restraints that restrict airflow to the lungs and use of seclusion as defined in the code.  Read more »
August 31, 2011 | Legislation
Effective August 31, 2011, Manitoba‚Äôs Workplace Safety and Health Regulation 107 was amended to include new requirements to protect workers from violence in the workplace. Key changes include the requirement that workplaces providing public services develop and follow a violence prevention policy.  Read more »
August 05, 2011 | Legislation
Louisiana adopted SB 59 on June 29, 2011. It requires the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create definitions, rules, guidelines, and procedures regarding the use of restraint and seclusion on children with exceptionalities. It also requires documentation of incidents of restraint and seclusion and notification plans for parents and legal guardians.  Read more »
July 14, 2011 | Legislation
Texas SB 41, which was passed on June 17, 2011, effective immediately, relates to the use of restraints in state-supported living centers. Physical or mechanical restraints may not be used on a resident unless necessary to prevent injury to the resident or others. If restraint must be used, it should be used in the least restrictive form possible, and it should be released as soon as the risk of injury has passed.  Read more »
July 14, 2011 | Legislation
Connecticut S.B. 970 was passed on June 8, 2011, effective on October 1, 2011. It requires health care employers to create and implement plans and training programs on workplace violence prevention and response, and requires employers to report workplace violence incidents to local law enforcement and the Department of Public Health. It also establishes criminal penalties for the assault of health care employees. The plans must also include health care employee training.  Read more »
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