Following my December 14 blog post, the Ontario government gave royal assent to Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) 2009, on December 15, 2009. As we stated so many times before, the new measures are scheduled to come into force six months after royal assent to provide employers time to prepare and comply.
So the count down has started, employers have till June 15, 2010 (date to be confirmed by the government) to familiarize themselves with the new provisions, and to have a violence and harassment prevention plan and policy under Occupational Health and Safety legislation in place.
The Workplace violence and harassment prevention: A practical guide for employers published by First Reference (valued at $79.00) will assist all employers in any jurisdiction including Ontario in developing their health and safety violence and harassment prevention plan and policy.
You still have a chance to win a copy of the guide by sharing your thoughts with me on the implications of these new requirements on your business and what you are doing to prepare.
In the meantime, during the following six months, we are expecting draft regulations to clarify certain provisions in the Act and provide certain exemptions, as well as a possible consultation process on the language of the regulations. We will also be doing more research to enhance the guide and our other HR publications on issues of domestic violence and disclosure provisions among others to better help employers comply.
Thanks for providing your comments! Everyone who participated was sent a copy of Workplace violence and harassment prevention: A practical guide for employers. The contest closed on Wednesday December 23, 2009.
Bill 168 has been enacted as Chapter 23 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2009; the full text of the Act after Royal Assent can be viewed here
Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor
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