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Program


Understanding and Implementing Bill C-65: Addressing Harassment and Violence in Federally Regulated Workplaces

With the dawn of the new year, federally regulated workplaces across the country became subject to significant new harassment and violence legislation. While updated workplace policies had to be in place by midnight on January 1, 2021, employers and their union partners now face the difficult task of implementing those policies in a way that complies with the extensive new regulations. This session, led by nationally recognized experts Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf of the Workplace Fairness Institute as well as experienced legal counsel, will provide workplace parties with the guidance they need to prevent and respond to workplace violence and harassment in accordance with their new legal obligations. The session will also address providing support to those adversely affected by violence and/or harassment.

Participants who complete this program will leave prepared to

  • assess the adequacy of their workplace harassment and violence policies and dispute resolution procedures
  • promote a collaborative union–management approach — or, in non-unionized workplaces, a collaborative worker–management approach — to these issues, as required by law
  • appreciate the role of policy and health and safety committees in preventing and responding to workplace harassment and violence
  • ensure appropriate workplace assessments are performed
  • identify competent investigators and appropriate investigative approaches
  • make sure employees receive appropriate anti-harassment and violence training before the legally mandated deadlines
  • promote trauma-informed approaches in their workplaces

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In support of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lancaster House is hosting this Skills Training session online.

Speakers


Blaine Donais

President and Founder
Workplace Fairness Institute
Michelle Phaneuf

Partner
Workplace Fairness West
Caroline Richard

Employer Counsel
Bird Richard
Alison McEwen

Union Counsel
Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP


Schedule


DAY 1

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST

Introductions


12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EST

Overview of legal obligations

Union and management perspectives on Bill C-65

Leading employer and union/worker counsel will

  • introduce the origin and evolution of Bill C-65 and associated regulation
  • identify key legal requirements regarding
    • preventing workplace harassment and violence
    • responding to workplace harassment and violence, and
    • supporting those adversely affected by workplace harassment and violence
  • explain the legal requirement for employer and union cooperation
  • provide guidance on promoting union–management cooperation

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Break


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST

Prevention – Introduction

Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf will

  • explain the role of the policy committee in risk assessment
  • identify the roles of workplace parties in risk-mitigation strategy development and implementation
  • discuss the role of training in prevention

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Wrap-up


DAY 2

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST

Introductions and Day 1 recap


12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

Prevention – Facilitated group discussions

  • Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf will lead small group discussions to facilitate knowledge-sharing and problem-solving in relation to prevention obligations.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Response – Introduction

Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf will

  • discuss investigation and other responses to workplace harassment and violence
  • explain the role of legislatively required parties in responding to incidents, including the "principal party" and the "designated recipient"
  • introduce the concept of trauma-informed responses

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EST

Break


2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST

Response – Facilitated group discussions

  • Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf will lead small group discussions to facilitate knowledge-sharing and problem-solving in relation to incident response obligations.


2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. EST

Support – Introduction

  • The session leaders will discuss the role of employee assistance programs, workplace restoration, and informal conflict management systems in supporting workers adversely affected by workplace harassment and violence.


2:55 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. EST

Support – Facilitated group discussions

  • Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf will lead small group discussions to facilitate knowledge-sharing and problem-solving in relation to support obligations.

3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Wrap-up


Continuing Professional Development


HRPA Continuing Professional Development

Members of the Law Society of New Brunswick may count this program for 5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.


Lancaster House CPD
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may count this program for 5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved for5 CPD hours with 5 CPHR Alberta.