Effective Anti-Harassment Programs and Investigations: An interactive workshop

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (All day)
Name of Organization: 
Lancaster House
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

The effects of violence and harassment in a workplace can be devastating, not only for the immediate targets of this aggressive behaviour but also for co-workers, other bystanders, and workplace morale. In recent years, many Canadian jurisdictions have sought to strengthen their health and safety laws in an effort to combat this threat to health and safety. For example, in Ontario, the passage of Bill 132 and amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act have imposed new obligations on employers with respect to harassment policies, programs, and investigations. In this workshop, experienced counsel will review Ontario and federal requirements for addressing workplace violence and harassment and advance best practices for creating a safe work environment for all employees.Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios with the guidance of experienced investigators and counsel, participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Draft workplace violence and harassment policies in compliance with provincial and federal law
  • Develop and maintain suitable violence and harassment programs
  • Communicate policies, programs, and expected behaviour to employees
  • Conduct fair and appropriate investigations
  • Prepare credible and properly structured investigation reports
  • Identify the root cause(s) of an incident of violence or harassment in the workplace and when to update policies and programs in response

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