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Workplace Harassment and Violence Legislation

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Connolly, Nichols, Allan & Snelling LLP is an Ottawa, Ontario based law firm that provides advice with respect to legal matters affecting employers and employees. Amendments to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) to address workplace harassment and violence passed by the Government of Ontario in December, 2009 are in effect as of June 2010. The amendments to the OHSA impose positive obligations on employers including:

  • Employers are required to develop written policies with respect to workplace harassment and workplace violence. These policies must be in writing and posted in a conspicuous place, and reviewed at least annually;
  • Employers are required to develop and maintain a program to implement the policy with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment;
  • Employers are required to assess the risks of violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or the conditions of work;
  • If the employer becomes aware or ought reasonably to be aware that domestic violence that would likely expose a work to physical injury may occur in the workplace, the employer shall take every precaution reasonable to protect the worker.

 The amendments to OHSA require employers to take positive obligations to comply with the legislation. We can help.

The legislation is available to the public at:

 http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90o01_e.htm

 Connolly, Nichols, Allan & Snelling LLP is a law firm located in Kanata, Ontario serving clients in Ottawa, Ontario and have experience dealing with employment matters including termination of employment and wrongful dismissal.

 Topics: Violence and Safety in the Workplace, employment lawyer Ottawa, Ottawa employment lawyer, Ottawa employment lawyers

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