(August 30/18) The government of New Brunswick has updated the province’s regulations addressing violence, harassment and safety hazards in the workplace. The changes will come into effect on April 1, 2019, by which time employers will be required to complete any necessary risk assessments and put policies and procedures into place.

Under the new regulatory changes, harassment and violence are defined as workplace hazards that impact health and safety, with sexual violence and harassment, domestic violence and intimate partner violence included.

All employers are required to develop and implement a written code of practice for the prevention of harassment in their workplaces. To help facilitate the development of this harassment code of practice, the regulations outline for employers the elements that must be included.

Liquor licensees must develop a written code of practice on managing violence in their workplace, as do foodservice establishments with more than 20 employees.

Foodservice employers with less than 20 employees may still need to develop and implement a code of practice on violence, depending on the results of a risk assessment on violence that all employers must complete. The requirements are outlined in the regulations.

Click here to read a copy of the regulations.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can send them to Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, at lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org.


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