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Workplace Violence and Harassment - what you need to know!

In January 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced changes to Occupational Health and Safety legislation specific to violence and harassment in the workplace. These new rules came into effect on January 1, 2020.

What changed?

Previously, worker-on-worker violence was specifically excluded when it came to violence in the workplace, falling instead under the employer’s general duty to provide a safe workplace. As of January 1, 2020, a business must put processes in place that will allow for an employee to make a complaint of violence that was perpetrated by a colleague, and have that complaint investigated.

Workplace harassment did not previously feature in the legislation, but as of January 1, 2020, employers need to have a written harassment prevention plan in place, created in conjunction with the OH&S committee/representative/designate.

What’s the difference between violence and harassment?

Violence relates specifically to a physical threat or behaviour.

Harassment relates to inappropriate or offensive attitudes, words, or behaviours. 

See the collapsibles below for more information on your requirements. For help creating your harassment prevention plan, including template documents, please contact your CFIB Business Advisor.

WorkplaceNL also has a Harassment Prevention Guide available on their website,

January 12, 2022

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