What to Expect: Bill 132

What to Expect: Bill 132

Bill 132 – It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Effective March 8, 2016 the Ontario government has passed Bill 132 – It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. Bill 132 will come into force on July 1, 2016. Employers will have until January 1, 2017 to achieve compliance.

Recent results from a Ministry of Labour blitz shows 30% of orders issued were given to employers who were not in compliance with the duties imposed by Part III.0.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Violence and Harassment. Failing to post a workplace violence and harassment policy, and lack of program implementation, were major reasons for non-compliance orders.

Major changes to be imposed by Bill 132 include an amendment to the definition of sexual harassment, and how employers will handle allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers will also be required to develop a plan for handling allegations against a workers supervisor.

How will OSG help?

OSG Inc. is working on developing a NEW Workplace Violence and Harassment Workshop based on the changes imposed by Bill 132. This course will offer a practical component, where participants will be provided training, assessment, and review tools, allowing participants to assess their workplace violence and harassment program and identify where changes are required based on identified gaps, and the new legislation.