Workplace psychological harassment regulations take effect today

New provisions to address intimidation, bullying and humiliation in Manitoba

A new occupational health and safety regulation providing protection for workers against psychological harassment comes into effect in Manitoba today.

"This proactive measure builds on efforts to protect workers from harassment based on age, race or gender and ensure that workplaces are respectful and safe for everyone," said Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard.

The new provisions will address psychological harassment such as intimidation, bullying and humiliation. Employers will be required to ensure that workplaces are free of harassment by developing and implementing policies to prevent and address harassment if it occurs, said Howard.

Policies, developed in consultation with the safety and health committee or representative at the workplace, must provide a process to receive and investigate complaints of harassment and take corrective action. Normal and reasonable management actions, including discipline, are not defined as psychological harassment, the minister said.

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