It's time to be better positioned to prevent, respond to and remedy incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace.
On Prince Edward Island, workplace sexual harassment remains prevalent, poorly understood and commonly underreported.
Workplace sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome comments, actions, or behaviour of a sexual nature in the workplace, at work-related events or in correspondence. It can be visual, verbal, or physical.
As of July 1, 2020, Island employers MUST NOW COMPLY with additional obligations respecting workplace harassment reflecting the changes to the PEI Occupational Health and Safety Act. These requirements are in addition to LEGAL OBLIGATIONS required by the PEI Human Rights Act.
Employers must understand the new requirements and create (or review and revise) their violence and harassment prevention plan and processes.
To answer these and other questions, the first step in reducing incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace is being able to openly talk about the issue.
Book your FREE CUSTOMIZABLE TRAINING SESSION with SHIFT to equip and empower your business in preventing workplace sexual harassment through clear policies and practices to develop a safe environment with an inclusive culture.
Examples of SHIFT's customizable in-person or virtual training sessions include:
As a PEI business owner, there are significant liability risks for businesses which do not prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace including having to pay damages to their employee(s) who were impacted by the harassment. It is your responsibility to know what is going on in your business.