Bill 168 requires employers to undertake risk assessments and develop programs and policies on workplace violence and harassment. If the proper policies are not in place, organizations can be penalized.
Bill 168 came into force on June 15, 2010, as an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It is now law, and deals with workplace violence and harassment. Employers must enact measures to: assess and control the risk of workplace violence; summon immediate assistance when workplace violence takes place or is likely to take place-or when a threat of violence is made; enable workers to report incidents of threats of workplace violence to the employer, and determine how the employer would investigate and address incidents, complaints or threats of workplace violence. Bill 168 also requires that employers educate workers about the policies and programs. MacDonald & Associates helps you to meet the legislation’s requirements and ensure that you do not run afoul of the law.
Bill 132 came into force on September 8, 2016, as another amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act to include sexual harassment and violence. It, too, is now law, and mandates that all employers must investigate workplace harassment and sexual harassment promptly and efficiently, outlining the various steps that employers must take.
If your workplace policy fails to include either of these elements in it, the consequences could be dire. Let MacDonald & Associates help you to create a policy encompassing all of the above, and ensure that your workplace is compliant. Failure to do so will result in extraordinary damages.