New Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requirements regarding workplace harassment become law on September 8, 2016. In addition, Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors will have new powers that can be exercised in respect of workplace harassment. Employers are likely to face challenges in managing these new requirements and powers as they can give rise to some complex and thorny issues.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and prominent lawyers from Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP are pleased to provide a special breakfast briefing to assist Ontario employers in understanding the compliance expectations and managing the impact of the new requirements and the expanded powers of the MOL. The briefing, developed by Cheryl A. Edwards and Jeremy Warning, will address a variety of issues including:
The new definition of "workplace sexual harassment" and implications on reasonable management action.
Expanded employer obligations to develop harassment programs in consultation with the JHSC.
The obligation on an employer to conduct an investigation into a complaint or incident of workplace harassment that is "appropriate in the circumstances".
New broad Ministry of Labour powers to order third party investigations at the employer's expense.
Practical advice on responding to OHSA harassment complaints, preparing and distributing information and reports, confidentiality requirements, and how OHSA harassment will continue to intersect with human rights related issues and complaints.
This course is only delivered in a public classroom.
Schedule of Events
Breakfast & Registration: 7:15 am EST
Session Start Time: 8:00 am EST
Session End Time: 9:30 am EST