Workplace bullying and harassment can have significant costs to both employers and employees; it can create a hostile work environment that leads to stress and health issues, absenteeism, loss of productivity, lack of commitment to the company and even legal issues.
Workplace bullying and harassment includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew, or reasonably ought to have known, would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated. It excludes any reasonable action taken by the employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment.
Under the Workers Compensation Act:
While the list of employer responsibilities may seem daunting, WorkSafeBC has provided a wealth of resources to enable employers to comply.
Following are some simple steps and links to resources to comply with WorksafeBC requirements:
Once you have established bullying and harassment policies and procedures, make sure you hold an annual meeting to review these with your employees.
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