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Anti-bullying legislation in effect; Deadline for summer student program; No email in N.B. government offices
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2011

Anti-bullying legislation in effect

Winnipeg — A law protecting Manitoba workers from psychological harassment took effect on Feb. 1. The new health and safety provisions address psychological harassment such as intimidation, bullying and humiliation. Employers must ensure workplaces are free of harassment by developing and implementing policies. Employer resources can be found at www.safemanitoba.com.

Deadline for summer student program

Edmonton — Alberta employers have until the end of the month to apply for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) which gives $7-per-hour wage subsidies to not-for-profit community organizations, First Nations, Métis settlements, municipalities, school divisions and post-secondary institutions that employ post-secondary or high school students. Applications are available at http://employment.alberta.ca/step.

No email in N.B. government offices

Fredericton — The New Brunswick government is blocking access to all webmail at government offices. Workers will no longer be able to access third-party external email services such as Yahoo Mail, as well as the N.B. Union email system. The ban is an attempt to stop viruses and malware from infiltrating governmental computers, said the province’s director of IT security.

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