New WorkSafeBC Harassment and Bullying Policies

On November 1, 2013, WorkSafeBC Harassment and Bullying Policies came into effect. The new policies and resources provide guidelines for the prevention and handling of workplace harassment complaints and to support recent changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), which sets out the general duties of employers, workers, and supervisors. Specifically, Bill 14 resulted in the amendment of Section 5.1 of the WCA.

As a result of changes to legislation, a worker can now submit a claim to WorkSafeBC claiming a mental disorder that resulted from harassment and bullying in the workforce. This is important for members as a new venue has been created for those encountering bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Lear more about these new policies and what constitutes bullying and harassment here.

Workplace issues and potential harassment and bullying are rarely straight forward. No member should have to deal with it alone. Members are encouraged to connect with the AAPS Member Services Officers for confidential counsel and support.