Requirements for employers to prevent harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

As of January 1, 2021, the legislation will come into force to ensure employers prevent harassment and violence in federally regulated industries and workplaces. As an employer in the federal jurisdiction, you should:

Before January 1, 2021, you need to continue to:

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Definition of workplace harassment and violence

According to Part II of the Canada Labour Code, harassment and violence means “any action, conduct or comment, including of a sexual nature, that can reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or other physical or psychological injury or illness to an employee, including any prescribed action, conduct or comment.”

What you should include in your new workplace harassment and violence prevention policy

The workplace harassment and violence prevention policy may vary from employer to employer.

If your organization has:

However, a policy should normally:

To help you develop a harassment and violence prevention policy, consult the Guide to Writing an Occupational Health and Safety Policy Statement

Assess the risk of workplace harassment and violence

You will be required to conduct the workplace risk assessment with:

If the risk assessment is conducted with the policy committee, you should inform the workplace health and safety committee of the results. Learn more about the role of Health and Safety Committees and Representatives.

Keep records

Keep records on every incident of harassment and violence in the workplace and report annually to the Labour Program.

Workplace health and safety non-compliance

The Labour Program follows a compliance policy as part of the Canada Labour Code. It includes a range of responses to non-compliance, such as:

Consult Occupational Health and Safety and Compliance.

Inform and train employees, and attend training

Inform and instruct your employees about the policy. Everyone in the workplace, including the employer, must participate in training about harassment and violence.

Respect in the workplace

You and your employees can help create a respectful workplace by:

Tools and resources for workplaces

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