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Manitoba employers must develop psychological harassment policies

By Sara Bedal |

Starting this month, employers in Manitoba must have a policy in place to protect their workers against psychological harassment.

A new workplace safety and health regulation has taken effect that addresses issues such as intimidation, bullying and humiliation. Employers are now required to ensure that their workplaces are free of harassment by developing and implementing policies that prevent and address harassment if it occurs.

"This proactive measure builds on efforts to protect workers from harassment based on age, race or gender and ensures that workplaces are respectful and safe for everyone," says Jennifer Howard, Manitoba’s labour and immigration minister.

Policies must provide a process to receive and investigate complaints of harassment and take corrective action.  Normal and reasonable management actions, including discipline, are not defined as psychological harassment, says Howard.

Resources are available at the Workplace Safety and Health Division to assist employers and workers in meeting the new requirements.  For more information, visit Safe Manitoba or speak to a client services representative with the Workplace Safety and Health Division at 204-945-6848 or 1-866-888-8186.

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