Manitoba Harassment Prevention

In Manitoba Bill 219 is intended to prevent workplace violence and harassment in Manitoba workplaces. The Department of Workplace Health and Safety in Manitoba enforces the requirements for the prevention of harassment in the workplace and ensures Manitoba employers are in compliance with Bill 219. When you are interested in communicating your policies and education to your workers ask about our online training and signup solutions. Online policy review is easy to set up and can include testing and sign off.

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Harassment prevention for Manitoba employers

Manitoba employers have a responsibility to provide a workplace free of harassment as part of their requirements in Bill 219 which took effect January 1, 2011.

There are five main requirements for Employers to meet.

  • Ensure a worker is not exposed to workplace-related harassment
  • Promote and maintain a workplace that is free of workplace harassment
  • Prepare a written Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy respecting work-place Harassment
  • Review the policies at least once per year, or more frequently as the employer considers necessary
  • Implement policies for dealing with and preventing incidents of workplace-related harassment

Preparing a Harassment Prevention Policy
There are resources available on the Manitoba government website to assist you in preparing a Harassment Prevention Policy if you do not already have one. If you already have a policy it is a good idea to compare it to the samples available to ensure you have covered key points such as definitions what is meant by Harassing Behaviour and more detail on creating harassment prevention program. The link to this website is at the end of this article.

Implementing a Harassment Prevention Policy
Once you have developed a policy for your organization the next step is to implement the policy. This step typically involves ensuring the policy is posted and every person in the organization is aware of the existence of the policy.

This would include providing details on what to do in the event you are involved in an incident, complaints or threats of harassment. In some cases you may have a form for people to submit an incident, complaint or threat of harassing behaviour and it would be clear for all employees how this process works for reporting an incident, complaint or threat as well as the procedure for resolving an incident, complaint or threat once reported.

Informing and Educating Workers on Harassment Prevention
With a written policy in place, and a clear process documented, you can now take the step of educating employees on the details of the policy to ensure an understanding of what harassment is and what it is not, what to do in the event they are involved in an incident of harassment.

Ideally this step is more than just a one time action as the more frequently we are exposed to information and ideas the greater impact they have on our thoughts and long term behaviour.

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