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Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Workplace Harassment and Violence

The NFB is committed to providing a respectful work environment—a safe and healthy workplace for all staff and collaborators, in which any act of harassment or violence is deemed unacceptable and is not tolerated.

The goals of this policy are to:

  • Reaffirm the NFB’s commitment to a healthy, respectful work environment;
  • Promote awareness, communication and education in the workplace in order to prevent any form or potential manifestation of harassment or violence;
  • Take proactive, prompt and fair action in any situation that could be a sign of or lead to harassing or violent conduct or behaviour;

 

  • Establish effective procedures for providing assistance and handling complaints, while offering support to the parties involved so that the issue can be resolved;
  • Ensure that measures are taken to restore harmonious workplace relationships.


Updates to the Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Workplace Harassment and Violence

The NFB launched its current Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Workplace Harassment and Violence on July 19, 2018.

On January 1, 2021, there will be changes to the legislation, notably, modifications to the Canada Labour Code, Part II, and the replacement of Part XX of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Violence Prevention in the Work Place) with the Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations.

Consequently, the NFB’s policy is in the process of being reviewed to comply with the new legislation.
In the meantime, please note that as of January 1, 2021:

• The definition of harassment and violence will be: any action, conduct, or comment, including of a sexual nature, that can reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or other physical or psychological injury or illness to an employee, including any prescribed action, conduct or comment.
• Should you need to file a complaint, you are welcome to file it with either Arlette Boghoskhan (a.boghoskhan@onf.caa, 514-299-7097) or Cynthia Miller (a.c.miller@onf.ca, 514-299-2706), either verbally or in writing. They will be pleased to guide you through the resolution process.

Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Workplace Harassment and Violence