We’ve already heard statements like “It’s a private matter”, “It’s none of your business”, “It’s personal”. Prior to October 6th, 2021, employers could just stop there and still have a clear mind about it. Can they still do the same with the new amendments to the Act Respecting Occupational Health and safety (AROHS)?
As in all investigations, the only way to sort out information that does not seem to make sense is to ask. In the case of complainants who may have experienced a traumatic event, asking such questions in a calm, non-judgmental way is more important than ever.
As of the writing of this blog, Bill 26 has passed second reading and is before the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly for consultation and, so it remains to be seen if the above changes will come into force. That said, with the recent legislative attention on protecting employees with respect to sexual harassment and violence, it is likely that employers may soon need to revisit their policies and programs to account for domestic and sexual violence.