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Preventing Harassment and Violence in the Canadian Workplace

In recent years, high profile incidents of workplace harassment and violence have heightened employee and employer concerns about safety in the workplace. While the incidents you hear about are often extreme, harassment and violence could happen in the workplace any time. The way a company deals with even the most seemingly trivial incident can make the difference between another day at the office, and front page news. This course will explore the forms harassment can take in the workplace and will also examine the factors that contribute to violence at work. The key to preventing harassment and violence in the workplace is for all employees to be aware of the warning signs and to become familiar with their companies' policies and procedures that address these issues. This course is designed for use in all provinces as a component of an organization's anti-harassment and anti-violence training program, such as is required under Ontario's Bill 168 and Bill 132. Each organization that utilizes this training is responsible for determining whether this training should be supplemented with additional training in order to meet applicable provincial standards on workplace violence and harassment prevention. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Please note that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice, a complete statement of the law or an opinion on any subject, and may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. No one should act upon the course materials and content or refrain from acting without a thorough examination of the law after the facts of a specific situation are considered. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with legal statutes or statutory instruments. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking independent legal advice.

Length: 21 minutes