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CPHR Canada recommends strengthened legislation on harassment, violence

Looking for clear definitions, impartial investigations
wellness, harassment
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 28, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

CPHR Canada, the national association representing the human resources profession, told a House of Commons committee that bullying, harassment and violence in the workplace damages Canada’s economy.

The issues underlying harassment and violence in the workplace, including challenges faced by victims in the complaints process, have a direct impact on mental health, absenteeism and loss of productivity, said the organization.

CPHR Canada was commenting on Bill C-65, An act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No.1 introduced in the House of Commons late last fall. The bill is currently before committee.

The organization made two specific recommendations to improve the legislation:

•Bullying, harassment and violence must be clearly defined

•The investigation process must be clear, simple and impartial. Any investigation relating to a complaint of harassment or violence must be assigned to an individual who is competent to do so. Done badly, investigations can cause even greater damage to workplace relations.

“Communicating regularly with employees, ensuring supervisors and managers apply policies, disciplinary management if necessary to correct wrongdoing, education and training workshops to facilitate changing attitudes and behaviours, and finally support and training for managers — those are the key aspects that are necessary in every workplace that will drive a change of culture,” said Anthony Ariganello, president and CEO of CPHR Canada, which represents 27,000 members in the HR profession across nine provinces and three territories.

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  • Canada recommends strengthened legislation on harassment, violence - Ashley
    4/19/2018 7:41:25 PM
    We need to strengthen the rules on workplace violence and harassment. I went through both of those things for the past 5 years. I actually recently just left because I literally couldn’t take it anymore. Due to putting up with the harassment/violence for so long, I actually got put on anti depressants and anti psychotic medication... going through that stuff changes your life forever.

    I tried to do something about it, I tried to make it stop. I told managers, supervisors, went to Human Resources and even the cops were involved and actually threatened everyone that they need to do there job properly or legal action was going to be taken. Long story short, after being dragged into offices, getting screamed at right in my face, getting threatened to get the police called on me because I showed my Human Resource our policy book that said there’s 0 tolerance for harassment/violence...

    I’ve been kicked, I’ve gotten doors flung at me, I’ve been threatened to get punched in the face, even got a threatening message saying “ that will be the last thing you will ever do” and all because I got the police involved because I wanted it to stop. My HR got mad and made up a story calling me a “100 percent bullshitter” and then got told that I’m going to be the one fired because it’s easier to fire me then to deal with my problems... Then told the girl who was doing the violence that nothing was ever going to be done about it and she was free to go. So he basically just told her she can now do whatever she wants to me and if I said one more word to him about it that I’m fired.

    That’s the day I was constructively dissmesed... my whole life has changed. I was so happy, just living life before... now, I’m a sad idiot that won’t go out because I lost all trust in people. No motivation, all I want to do is sleep and I have no where to turn. Nothing will get done about it as I’m left all screwed up all by myself. Yes I tried to put a claim to the labour board when this all started say eight months ago? I finally heard back from them yesterday, but that was just to tell me that there’s an even longer line a head and that it’s going to be a while before my claim goes threw and asked if I wanted to keep my claim in or not....

    There’s no place to go for us employees, when stuff like that happens! Yeah sure I can try to take them to court, but I’m 26 year old woman that can barely make her bills! We can't afford it unless we lose the roof over are heads. There’s no place for us to go. We’re stuck in a dark corner and nobody around to save us... I don’t want anyone going through the shit I had to.. We need point blank rules with no if, ands or buts... I even showed my HR a death threat that was sent to me by this employee and he just shrugged it off and blamed me! Please do something.