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How to deal violence and harassment in the workplace
What are my obligations to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace?
The Ministry of Labour’s direction is that you must:
What happens if a Safety Inspector from the Ministry of Labour (MOL) comes by the workplace?
An Inspector will:
What policies am I required to post in my workplace?
The following sample policies were created by the Ministry of Labour.
It is not enough to just post your workplace violence and harassment policy. You must also create a program which outlines your measures and procedures. In addition you must train workers and supervisors. Read more on What Employers Need to Know a Toolbox.
Am I required to hire a third party to conduct the training?
No, you are not required to hire a third party to conduct violence and harassment training. However, you are required to train employees on your company policies and program.
Resources to help you:
My employee has informed me of an alleged violent or harassment situation, what do I do?
If you find yourself in a situation where you require an impartial party to take a complaint or investigate a complaint from an employee, please consider getting expert legal advice from a lawyer experienced in employment law or occupational health & safety. It may be prudent to have this resource in place before a complaint is made.