Whether or not employees should bring their pets to work is one of the most contentious workplace arguments. According to the Washington Post, more than 23 million homes throughout the country acquired a “pandemic pet” to feel less alone during COVID-19.
With COVID cases winding down, a recent poll indicated that pet owners were concerned about having to leave their pets at home when it was time to return to work. Following the pandemic, many businesses implemented pet-friendly office policies. While having dogs in the office has numerous advantages, such as reduced stress, it also has health and safety implications, as well as the potential for legal troubles in the workplace. Keep reading to learn if this has led to more dog bite injuries and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are injured by a dog.
Large companies are allowing dogs in the workplace
Google and Amazon are two large companies that allow pets in the workplace and have received largely good response from employees. According to the American Kennel Club, having dogs in the office has several advantages, including stress reduction, improved performance, and lower employee turnover.
Companies argue that pets can improve staff morale and foster coworker connection. Many animals suffered from separation anxiety during the lockdown, so being able to bring them to work has been good to both pets and owners.
Dogs at work present serious potential hazards
While dogs may give numerous benefits to employees, they may also represent several hazards and problems, according to a study published in the National Library of Medicine that studied the benefits and challenges of having dogs in the workplace.
Some of these dangers are linked to health issues, such as allergies and animal-borne illnesses. Allergic reactions to dogs can cause swelling and itching of the eyes and nose, breathing problems, and a rash on the face, neck, or chest. Aside from the health risks, not everyone enjoys working with animals and may be terrified or agitated at work. Other hazards and risks include slips, trips, fall hazards, and dog bites, all of which are related to safety concerns.
Dog attacks are more common than many people realize
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people are attacked by dogs each year, with around 2% of those attacks occurring at work, and more than 800,000 individuals receiving medical treatment for dog bites. Employers who allow pets in the office may be held accountable for dog bites and attacks on employees.
According to California law, anyone bitten while in a public place or legitimately in a private area, including the dog owner’s property, is liable for the damages. The fact that a dog has never attacked before or that the owner is unaware of the dog’s viciousness is irrelevant under California law. To safeguard victims of dog bites and/or dog assaults, an owner is subject to a stringent liability level of care. If you have been bitten, at work or elsewhere, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.