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Newfoundland Workplace Violence and Harassment laws

Newfoundland bullying legislation is very similar to Nova Scotia. It deals predominately with physical threats especially from external sources in the workplace. In accordance with all Canadian law, a way to report and investigate incidences without reprisals must be available to all workers. The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) does run a half day workshop on violence in the workplace. There is an indication that the legislation may be changing soon to broaden the definition of workplace violence and employer responsibility.

Relevant Statutes:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3 [‘OHSA’]; Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2009, 70/09 [‘OHSR’]

Websites:

OHSA: http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/statutes/o03.htm
OHSR: http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/annualregs/2009/nr090070.htm
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.whscc.nf.ca/
Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission: http://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/hrc/index.html

Workplace Violence Definition:

“The attempted or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of physical force to cause injury to a worker, and includes threatening statements or behaviour which gives a worker reason to believe that he or she is at risk of injury.” (OHSR, s. 22)

What is Needed to be Compliant:

• An incident reporting system
• Training on how to deal with workplace violence situations and what to report