Responding to Allegations of Harassment
Once known as a rock star, Jian Ghomeshi and his former employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), are now the prime examples of workplace sexual harassment gone unchecked.
Since the scandal broke, the CBC has been in damage-control mode. No employer wants to be in this position. In light of the tremendous legislative changes that this case has brought forth, and the dramatically expanded obligations of employers, it is critical that employers understand how to properly respond to allegations of harassment in the workplace.
Furthermore, Bill 132, which comes into force in September 2016, imposes positive requirements on employers that will mandate updates to harassment policies and investigation programs. Failure to comply can lead to penalties. Join this interactive presentation to discuss issues of workplace harassment with an employment law expert Stuart Rudner.
Topics covered will include recognizing harassment in the workplace, the legal framework for responding to and investigating a complaint, the expanding scope of liability and increasing monetary awards, compliance with Bill 132’s reforms to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and best practices for policies, programs, and creating a positive, harassment-free workplace.