In March, a discussion was posted with respect to how workplace political expression could go awry with human rights law. The article also provided some best practices on how human resources professionals and employers can appropriately address human rights complaints specifically on the basis of political belief, activity or association. This following discussion, "Part 2", addresses how workplace political expression could also contravene harassment provisions under occupational health and safety legislation.
Workplace Safety and Health Regulation
I guess I'm lucky never to have experienced harassment at work and I certainly never expect to at my current job—unless you count some gentle ribbing at the annual croquet tournament. But nevertheless, First Reference recently had its first mandated workplace violence and harassment training session to educate me and my co-workers on the company's new mandated policies.
Manitoba recently informed employers that it would be updating its Workplace, Safety and Health Regulation to include specific protection against psychological harassment. The regulation already protects workers from workplace violence and harassment, but this update is intended to address "intimidation, bullying and humiliation" and other similar behaviours at work, from which workers previously had no explicit protection.