Feds aim to stamp out workplace violence and harassment

New federal violence and harassment prevention regulations aim to expand protection for employees in federally regulated workplaces
By Courtney Laidlaw
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/14/2019
The federal Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Regulations are expected to come into force sometime in 2020. Credit: Chariyaj/iStock

Over the course of the last year, the federal government has initiated significant amendments to the Canada Labour Code through Bill C-65 and its draft Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations. The new regulations will replace the violence prevention provisions under the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, as well as parts of the Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations. 

The rationale underlying these changes is part of the federal government’s commitment to take action to ensure that federally regulated workplaces are free from harassment and violence as the continued pervasiveness of harassment and violence in federal workplaces remains a concern. These changes will likely have a significant impact on federally regulated workplaces and employers should take note.

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