On December 9, 2009, the Ontario legislature passed Bill 168, The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace). The Bill comes into effect June 15, 2010, and requires employers to:
* Develop and maintain policies relating to workplace violence and workplace harassment
* Post the policies in a conspicuous place in the workplace
* Review the policies regularly (at least annually) and develop programs to implement them; and
* Promptly address incidents and complaints of workplace violence and harassment.
The York University Staff Association believes that it is up to unions, workers, supervisors and managers to “all play a role in fulfilling the obligations set out by Ontario in the new Bill 168.”