Verbal threats cannot be tolerated

In Ontario, threatening language can no longer be classified by arbitrators as ‘unfortunate choice of words’ – threats must be reported, investigated
By Malcolm MacKillop and Hendrik Nieuwland
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2012

Ontario’s Bill 168 came into effect in June 2010. It imposed new obligations on employers with respect to workplace violence and harassment under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The two most significant changes under Bill 168 are the expanded definition of “workplace violence” to include verbal threats of physical violence and the expanded duties of employers, which now require them to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.”

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