The province will have new regulations covering worker-on-worker harassment and violence in the workplace next year. The announcement was made today at Workplace NL.
The new regulations are aimed at prevention, but they also more extensively define violence and harassment, and require employers to have prevention plans and offer training to employees. Government and Workplace NL say the new regulations, which will come into effect January 1, also provide employees with a secure and confidential means to file a complaint.
Gov’t and Workplace NL announcing new worker-on-worker violence-harassment regulations effective next Jan. pic.twitter.com/PwUNCxP6LG
— Brian Madore (@bmadorevocm) January 16, 2019
Dennis Hogan, the CEO of Workplace NL, says Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the safest places in the country to work, but complaints have gone up by 71 per cent. Most of those come from the long-term care home industry but many are also from the service industry.
Sherry Gambin-Walsh, the minister responsible for Workplace NL, says the new regulations are another step forward in creating a more respectful culture in the workplace.
WorkplaceNL will offer training sessions for employers and employees over the next year.