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    • Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013The Importance of Bill 168
    • The Importance of Bill 168It seems that every day, we hear about another incident ofworkplace violence: the daycare shooting in Quebec and thestabbing at a college in Texas, are just two recent examples.Bill 168 is an amendment to the Occupational Health and SafetyAct (OHSA) which sets out the rights and duties of all thosewho have a role in dealing with workplace violence andworkplace harassment.The Bill specifically deals with the Employer’s requirement toestablish minimum standards and policies for violence andharassment in the workplace.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
    • The Importance of Bill 168Every employer in Ontario is required by the Act toprepare and review, at least annually, a policy andprogram for both workplace violence andharassment.These policies are required regardless of thesize of the workplace or the number ofworkers.If six or more workers are regularly employed at aworkplace, these policies must be in writing andposted in a conspicuous place in the workplace.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
    • Violence/Harassment in the WorkplaceAffects Us AllWorkers may face violence and harassment in anyworkplace and from any person in that workplace. Theharassing or violent person may be someone theworker comes into contact with due to the nature ofhis or her work, such as a client, customer or patient.The harassing or violent person may also be part ofthe workforce, including a co-worker, manager, supervisor or employer. Or theperson may be someone with no formal connection tothe workplace such as a stranger or adomestic/intimate partner who brings violence orharassment into the workplace.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
    • Violence/Harassment in the WorkplaceAffects Us AllAn ongoing pattern of harassing behaviour, orcombination of behaviours ranging from offensiveremarks to violence may escalate into threats, oracts, of physical violence.In some cases, a targeted worker may react violentlyto prolonged harassment.Harassment may also be a matter that falls underthe Ontario Human Rights Code.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
    • Violence/Harassment in the WorkplaceAffects Us AllIn addition to being punishable under theOHSA, the Criminal Code of Canada alsoprovides mechanisms to deal with workplacematters such as violent acts, threats and harassingbehaviours such as stalking.The police should always be contacted insituations where workplace violence has occurred.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
    • Violence/Harassment in theWorkplace Affects Us AllViolence in the workplace affects all workers, notjust the “targeted” worker.Other employees may feel increased stress whenhaving to avoid the “bully” or deal with personalconflicts associated with bad behaviour.In some cases, violent acts result in innocentpeople becoming involved in a conflict, often withnegative consequences.Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013