Federal Government Unveils Enhanced Workplace Harassment and Workplace Violence Framework

Source: blg.com

November 10, 2017

The aim of Bill C-65 is to strengthen existing laws on the prevention of harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in all federally regulated workplaces.

On November 7, 2017, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced Bill C-65, the federal government’s proposed legislation to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017. The aim of Bill C-65 is to strengthen existing laws on the prevention of harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in all federally regulated workplaces.

The timing of Bill C-65 could not be more appropriate. In a week that saw a number of high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations in the United States, this legislation is a reminder that harassment and sexual violence of any kind is unacceptable in all federally regulated workplaces, including Parliament Hill.

 

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