The Secure Bystander: How Psychological Safety Can Impact Bystander Interventions

Do you remember that story about the emperor who ordered some new clothes from a pair of weavers? The new suit will be really special, said the weavers, invisible, in fact, to fools and the incompetent. When the emperor and his noblemen saw the weavers working on their empty looms, they had their doubts. Am I a fool? Are these guys for real? But, they did not dare to say anything. [...]

Lessons from the Hill: What employers can learn from the Senate’s harassment policy reforms.

In putting together our submission on what changes to the policy would help the Senate identify and address harassment in the workplace, we had to turn our minds to what makes working on Parliament Hill unique. This is a workplace that lends itself to extreme power imbalances between Senators and staffers; it is a space where harassment allegations can be both public and political; and it is an environment in which many staff members are skeptical that bad behaviour will result in real consequences for the perpetrator. [...]

#MeToo Pulse Check Survey: How has #MeToo changed things within your organization?

On October 15th it will be one year since actress Alyssa Milano sent the #MeToo tweet that incited a major social and political movement which changed the way we think of and respond to allegations of sexual harassment and violence. Now that we are one year into the #MeToo movement and (in Ontario) quickly approaching [...]

“What am I supposed to do? He’s my dad.” Investigating workplace harassment complaints against family members

When an employer receives a complaint or becomes aware of an incident of workplace harassment, it must be investigated. But what happens when the complaint is made against a member of the employer’s family, who just so happens to be a co-worker? Before Bill 132 enshrined the employer’s obligation to investigate complaints of workplace harassment, [...]

The Icing on the Cake: an unfair investigation into a joke gone viral

Recently, in the town of Lorette, Manitoba (Pop. 3,208), which is 25 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, a little inside joke made a very big public splash. The medium? Cake icing. The platform? Snapchat. At a time when employees constantly scroll through their IPhone notifications, mean jokes blasted over social media easily infiltrate the workplace. It [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert: BC employer’s lackluster response to sexual harassment offers helpful reminder to us all

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

For Vancouver Employers, Embracing #MeToo Makes Good Business Sense

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

The Dilemma of the Anonymous Complaint

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert: The impact of an investigator’s notes, in a recent BC case

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

Why every employer should care about gender harassment

When most people think about sexual harassment, they think about unwelcome sexual advances and requests/demands for sexual “favours”: The executive who puts his hand on his administrative assistant’s knee. The professor who tells a student she might get a better grade if she went for a drink with him after class. While these behaviours are [...]

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