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Domestic-Violence Policy

State Farm Insurance Co.'s policy on domestic violence defines the term and offers a number of ways the company assists its employees who are victims.

Monday, September 1, 2008
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This is the company's policy:

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by one person in an intimate relationship to gain power and control over another. Domestic violence includes, without limitation, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. Some examples of coercive behavior are the following: hitting, punching, shoving, stabbing, shooting, slapping, threatening behavior, name calling, humiliation in front of others, controlling what one wears, says, and does, controlling the financial decisions, stalking, destroying or attempting to destroy property, and using children to control. Domestic violence occurs between people of all racial, economic, educational, religious backgrounds in heterosexual and same sex relationships, living together or separately, married or unmarried, in short-term or long-term relationships.

The batterer, perpetrator, or abuser is the individual who commits an act of domestic violence as defined above.

The survivor or victim is the individual who is the subject of an act of domestic violence. Note that the majority of survivors or victims are female; however men are also victims of domestic violence.

Company Response

State Farm recognizes that domestic violence can have an adverse effect on employee's job performance, health and well-being, and may impact coworkers' performance. State Farm will provide appropriate information, referrals, and resources to victims and other associates. State Farm will provide support through Administrative Services Loss Prevention, Corporate Security, Human Resources and Employee Health Services, as well as, referrals to LifeWorks and community agencies.

When appropriate, available, and permissible, personnel in Administrative Services Loss Prevention, Corporate Security, Human Resources and Employee Health Services can assist victims in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

* Developing a safety plan for the workplace.

* Assigning special parking spots.

* Escorting people to and from their vehicles or other points of transportation.

* Screening telephone calls and removing an associate's name from automated telephone directories.

* Working with local law enforcement to enforce restraining orders or orders of protection on company property.

* Relocating an associate's workspace to a more secure area.

* Having paychecks delivered to another location.

* Changing benefits to the victim's own name.

* Saving any threatening emails.

* Allowing time off so that associates can seek safety and protection, attend court appearances, arrange for new housing, attend counseling, receive medical care or take care of other appropriate manners.

* Arranging for flexible hours and short-term leave of absence with the guarantee in most cases of a position upon return.

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Privacy Policy

Recognizing the complexity of the issues surrounding domestic violence and that a survivor of domestic violence may face threats of violence or death when he or she attempts to end a violent relationship, State Farm will make reasonable efforts to provide a nonjudgmental and supportive work environment for the associate.

State Farm will not discriminate against domestic violence victims or associates perceived as domestic violence victims in hiring, firing, staffing, or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

State Farm is aware that domestic violence victims may have performance problems such as chronic absenteeism, tardiness or lower productivity as a result of domestic violence. When addressing performance and safety issues, State Farm will make reasonable efforts to consider all aspects of the associate's situation and, to the extent possible, utilize reasonable options to help resolve the performance and/or safety problems. If reasonable attempts to resolve the performance and/or safety problems are unsuccessful, State Farm may have to take appropriate disciplinary action.

Confidentiality

If an associate reports that he or she is a victim of domestic violence, State Farm will to the extent allowed by law, take reasonable steps to respect the confidentiality and autonomy of the reporting associate, informing others on a need-to-know basis only, and only to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the safety of the associate or others and to comply with the law.

State Farm will assist associates affected by domestic violence (both victim and abuser) within the bounds of established company policies and guidelines. Information learned or assistance provided will remain confidential as long as the safety of others is not at risk.

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