Last month brought some tragic reminders of the reality of workplace violence and harassment and the obligations that employers have under Ontario’s Bill 168.
On April 30th, a former employee was arrested after an act of workplace violence occurred at the Western Forest Products sawmill in British Columbia. Four employees were shot in the incident, resulting in two deaths. As the story unfolded, it was also revealed that the suspect was in a tense dispute with management over severance pay. Investigators are still trying to determine if the gunman had shown any previous signs of violence and what the relationship was between those involved in the shooting (Source: Vancouver Sun).
Another story that hits closer to home was a multiple stabbing that occurred in a Toronto workplace on April 9th. In this situation, an employee allegedly reacted to the termination of his employment by pulling a knife during the dismissal meeting and stabbing four of his co-workers. According to the detective on scene, two of the victims were believed to be the attacker's superiors and were in the process of firing him when they were stabbed (Source: CTV News).
In both of these situations, the act of violence was carried out by a former employee reacting to their termination or severance pay. As extreme as these recent examples are, we cannot overlook the reality of workplace violence and harassment. Bill 168, an Act introduced in 2010 to amend Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act, places an explicit obligation on employers to take steps to protect their employees from incidents of workplace violence and harassment.
What must you do to comply with Bill 168?
How Clear Path can help with Bill 168
As a business owner, the process of complying with these new legislative obligations can be an unwelcome and frustrating experience. This is particularly true when you are left to implement these new requirements without much government support.
Here’s where Clear Path comes in. We offer a number of different solutions to assist you on the road to full compliance with Bill 168. These solutions include:
In addition to these solutions, we also offer a Bill 168 Do-It-Yourself Package which contains all the tools needed to become compliant within your organization. The package also includes 2 hours of consulting time which can be used for any of the above items. For more information, please visit www.clearpathemployer.com/bill-168-diy-package or call into our office at 519-624-0800.
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