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Preparation Underway for Upcoming Workplace Harassment Regulation Changes

New workplace harassment regulations will come into effect on July 1, 2020, and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island has developed educational materials and sessions to support employers and workers.

To help prepare for the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations on workplace harassment, WCB has created a guide that will help employers, supervisors, and workers understand their responsibilities to ensure they are in compliance.

The guide provides direction on what to include in a workplace harassment policy, how to perform an investigation, and insight into Occupational Health and Safety’s (OHS) role in enforcing the new regulations. It also includes templates that employers can adapt to use for their own organization.

“Every worker has a right to a safe and healthy work environment,” said Jim MacPhee, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island. “The new regulations will provide standards for employers to follow, and defines the rights and responsibilities of everyone in the workplace to promote a positive and respectful work environment free of harassment.

In addition to the new guide, WCB staff are providing free educational sessions across the province to help educate employers and workers about the new requirements. OHS Officers and Education Consultants are available upon request to visit workplaces to provide educational assistance on these new regulations.

Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI (January 31, 2020)

(Workplace Harassment Regulations, Guides, and FAQs available here and here.

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