New harassment regulations

All employers are required to have polices in place to educate their employees about harassment and have a procedure in place to investigate complaints.

Employers not in compliance are in danger of being fined just like they can be fined for any other health and safety violation. While the Board is likely to give a grace period to allow employers to comply, the grace period won’t last long.

Some employers who have human rights policies may well have most of the procedures in place or may just need minor amendments to their existing policies.

It is common misconception that the policy imposes a new burden on employers. This is not the case. Employers have always been legally responsible for harassment in the workplace through claims made in our civil courts. The new WorksafeBC policies arguably will help insulate employers from civil claims.


Article written by:  Alfred C. Kempf


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