New Bullying and Harassment Law – Helping Business Get Ready

By September 30, 2013Business News

On Wednesday, October 2, WorkSafeBC will outline WorkSafeBC’s prevention strategy (i.e. why a Prevention officer would attend a workplace, and what happens when they do) at a special launch at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

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On November 6 and 7 Darrin McCaskill, from WorksafeBC , will be among the experts who will be speaking on the subject at the Make It Safe conference November 6 and 7 in Burnaby.

He will be joined by Julia Kaisla MA, Manager, Workplace Initiatives, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Maureen Shaw President, Act 3 Consulting former head of the IAPA and member of the Mental Health Association of Canada in helping employers understand their new responsibilities.

Lisa McGuire, CEO of FIOSA-MIOSA said Wednesday, “It is important that we, as employers understand what is expected of us under the new legislation so that we can continue to play a leadership role in health, safety and well-being in the workplace.”

“I hope as many business leaders as possible will take the opportunity to learn more on the subject at our Make It Safe conference in November.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies were developed to address bullying and harassment in the workplace under Sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act, dealing with workplace bullying and harassment.

The new policies define bullying and harassment, and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. These duties apply to the approximately 215,000 employers and 2.2 million workers currently served by WorkSafeBC

As part of its strategy WorkSafeBC will be introducing its online Bullying and Harassment Tool Kit which provides resources, practical advice and information to help employers, workers and supervisors prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment.

A section of the WorkSafeBC website has been devoted to Bullying and Harassment. Employers, workers and supervisors will find fact sheets and background information of the legislation and the tool kit.

For more information or to attend the Make it Safe Conference please click here.

For more on WorkSafeBC’s tool kit click here.

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