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Bill 132: One year later postscript

Thank you so much for attending our webcast. We really enjoyed getting the chance to review the impact of Bill 132 and to imagine how it has, and will continue, to change workplaces. Since our broadcast we have found one more case that illustrates the impact of this bill on workplace harassment. In Toronto Community

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Proposed changes to ESA and OHSA may mean additional obligations for employers

Picking up on the recent amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act via Bill 132 which addressed workplace harassment and sexual harassment, a new proposed bill may now require employers to provide leave, accommodation, and training with respect to domestic and sexual violence. What constitutes domestic violence and sexual violence? This new bill –

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Bill 23: British Columbia’s response to sexual violence and misconduct on campus

In previous blog posts, I’ve written about Ontario’s Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan Act which received Royal Assent on March 8, 2016. On May 19, 2016, British Columbia’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act (the “Act”), received Royal Assent, making British Columbia the second Canadian province to pass legislation requiring mandatory policies

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He said, she said: Assessing credibility and Bill 132

With Bill 132 set to become law on September 8, 2016 for employers, and, January 1, 2017 for colleges and universities, organizations will have a statutory obligation to investigate workplace sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations and report on the findings. As the Bill 132 changes appertain to colleges and universities, sexual violence is defined

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New regulation for colleges and universities under Bill 132: Some answers, but more questions

As I noted in my previous blog post, Bill 132 imposes a number of obligations on colleges and universities regarding sexual violence and harassment through amendments to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act. As of January 1, 2017, publicly-funded universities and colleges will each be required to have a sexual violence policy in

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Consent and Bill 132: What changes? Nothing

With Bill 132 set to come into effect on September 8, 2016, and January 2017 for universities and colleges, there is a great deal of work that organizations are required to do, including drafting policies, establishing investigation procedures, and training staff. Given the usual complexities of investigating sexual violence, one of the central areas of

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