Workplace Violence & Harassment Training

ONTARIO WORKPLACE SAFETY LAW REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT BILL 132

“All Ontarians would benefit from living without the threat and experience of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of abuse, and all Ontarians have a role to play in stopping them.” as per the Act.

EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • IMPLEMENT A PREVENTION PROGRAM and
  • ENSURE APPROPRIATE INVESTIGATIONS
    • larger companies may need their own trained investigators, while smaller companies may need to hire an external investigator.
    • outline how information is obtained during the investigation
    • written results of the investigation are to be shared with both the complainant and the respondent, including any action taken or to be taken.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, forms of sexual and gender-based harassment could include any of the following:

• Gender-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics or mannerisms

• Paternalistic comment or conduct based on gender, which undermines a person’s self-respect or position of responsibility

• Demands for dates or sexual favours

• Unwelcome physical contact

• Suggestive or offensive remarks or innuendoes about members of a specific gender

• Propositions of physical intimacy

• Gender-related verbal abuse, threats or taunting

• Leering or inappropriate staring

• Bragging about sexual prowess or questions or discussions about sexual activities

• Offensive jokes or comments of a sexual nature about an employee or client

• Rough and vulgar humour or language related to gender

• Display of sexually offensive pictures, graffiti or other materials, including through electronic means

Employers will want to incorporate staff training requirements on dealing with sexual or domestic violence in the workplace, and guidelines for leaves of absence and reasonable accommodation around work hours and location, for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Occupational Health and Safety Training

“Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention” is a course providing participants with all of the necessary knowledge and tools they will need in order to comply with every aspect of the legislated requirements, as well as to establish effective violence and harassment prevention policies in their workplace.