B.C. confronting bullies

OHS policies around bullying, harassment now in force
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/03/2013

As of Nov. 1, employers in British Columbia are required to abide by new occupational health and safety policies targeting workplace bullying and harassment.

The new policies came about after revisions to B.C.’s Workers’ Compensation Act in 2012. These include compensation for diagnosed mental disorders that were a reaction to a traumatic event or caused by significant work-related stressors — such as bullying and harassment — in the course of employment.

And the claims appear to be rising: In the year prior to the legislative amendments, there were 1,047 claims registered for psychological injury, according to Roberta Ellis, senior vice-president of human resources and corporate services at WorkSafeBC.