March 12, 2015
On March 6, 2015, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the provincial government’s “It’s Never Okay”, action plan to address sexual harassment and violence in Ontario. This $41 million, three-year action plan, includes important proposals for new Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements for Ontario workplaces. When, and if, any of these proposals become law, employers in Ontario may need to revisit and revise existing policies and programs regarding workplace harassment.
The action plan includes the following proposals which, if approved, will have a significant impact on Ontario workplaces:
As this initiative has just been announced, the precise nature of the proposed legislative changes or their timing is unclear. However, it does appear that the Ontario government is proposing substantive changes to the “workplace harassment” provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It also appears that the government will be setting up a specific enforcement team as it has been reported that the government plans to set aside $5.8 million dollars to establish the team. We will update employers as proposals from the “It’s Never Okay” action plan move through the legislative process.
If you have any questions about this topic or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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