Understanding and Implementing Bill C-65: Clarifying new obligations, applying emerging best practices

With the dawn of the new year, federally regulated workplaces across the country became subject to significant new harassment and violence legislation. While updated workplace policies had to be in place by midnight on January 1, 2021, employers and their union partners now face the difficult task of implementing those policies in a way that complies with the extensive new regulations. This session, led by nationally recognized experts Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf of the Workplace Fairness Institute as well as experienced legal counsel, will provide workplace parties with the guidance they need to prevent and respond to workplace violence and harassment in accordance with their new legal obligations. The session will also address providing support to those adversely affected by violence and/or harassment.

Participants who complete this program will leave prepared to:
– Assess the adequacy of their workplace harassment and violence policies and dispute resolution procedures
– Promote a collaborative union–management approach — or, in non-unionized workplaces, a collaborative worker–management approach — to these issues, as required by law
– Appreciate the role of policy and health and safety committees in preventing and responding to workplace harassment and violence
– Ensure appropriate workplace assessments are performed
– Identify competent investigators and appropriate investigative approaches
make sure employees receive appropriate anti-harassment and violence training before the legally mandated deadlines
– Promote trauma-informed approaches in their workplaces