Trends in Mental Disorders Legislation/New OH&S Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies

Marie-Hélène Pelletier

Marie-Hélène Pelletier


Afternoon Workshop: 1-4pm | Vancouver Convention Centre


•   Kathleen Fleming, WorkSafeBC

•   Rachel Fisher, WorkSafeBC

•   Roy Johnson, MA CRC CHRP, The Neutral Zone

•   Sari Sairanen, National Health & Safety Director, UNIFOR

•   Terrence (TJ) Schmaltz, LLB, BCL, CHRP

Facilitator: Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier, Director of Workplace Mental Health, Sun Life Financial, Psychologist in Private Practice

This session will begin by laying the groundwork. Attendees will hear from WorkSafeBC about what employers in BC must do to comply with the bullying and harassment policies introduced in November 2013, and what recent data from WorkSafeBC shows in terms of trends related to these policies. WorkSafeBC will also present current trends related to mental disorders compensation claims (“Bill 14”).

The workshop will then delve into some of the larger issues around respect and civility in the workplace, and how creating a harmonious workplace involves much more than what is required by law. Delegates will hear from experts, including legal professionals  and mediators, about how less formal, dialogue-based approaches can allow workplaces to meet legislative requirements (justice) while still focusing on relationship-building and enhancing connection (peace).

Employers who have successfully balanced these two agendas will also take part in the panel so they can share their experiences and challenges. Case studies and real-life examples will be used throughout the session to ground the workshop and provide practical take-aways for the attendees.

The panel will end by discussing how these issues connect back to the Canadian National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and how this standard provides a road map for forward-thinking organizations who are striving to create healthier workplaces.

Attendees are invited to bring their questions and challenging case studies to create an engaging and credible 3-hour workshop.

Presented by WorkSafeBC


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