As of January 1, 2020 Newfoundland, & Labrador will become the last province in Canada to update Occupational Health & Safety Act regulations on violence and harassment in the workplace. In a nutshell here are a few of the requirements.
- A harassment prevention plan must be in place
- Employers must conduct a risk assessment of the likelihood or chances of violence and/or harassment taking place
- Policies and procedures must be in place to eliminate the risk of violence
- When an employer becomes aware of family violence that can expose a worker to physical injured in the workplace then reasonable precautions should be taken
- A written prevention plan must be created around harassment and bullying
- A reporting process needs to be implemented and followed
- An investigation process needs to be in place
- When necessary a 3rd party investigator process needs to be in place
- All employees must be trained on the policies and procedures
These are important factors that must be implemented so ensure you have proper policies, training, reporting processes, investigation processes and third-party investigation processes in place.
Be sure to be ready for January 1, 2019. If you are not ready and need assistance then give People Stuff a call at (709) 697-2423 or firstname.lastname@example.org