HR Policies & Employment Legislation
Sample Policies on Common HR Topics
- Can be verbal, physical, sexual or psychological and is something a reasonable person would find unwelcome
- May be one incident or a series of incidents
- Rude, degrading or offensive remarks, shouting abuse, yelling , threatening
- Gestures that seek to intimidate
- Behavior or comments meant to discredit an employee such as spreading rumors, ridiculing or humiliating another individual
- Forcing an employee to perform tasks that are belittling or below their skill level
- Preventing self expression
- Isolating the employee by no longer talking to the employee, denying his/her presence, distancing the employee from others
- Denigrating an employee by questioning or ridiculing convictions, tastes, personal life, political choices, etc.
Psychological harassment is troubling behavior that manifests itself in the form of conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures characterized by the following four criteria:
*Bullying is a form of psychological harassment that is receiving increasing attention. It has been identified as being much more prevalent and pervasive in workplaces now than physical harassment. In 2004, a Quebec law prohibiting workplace psychological harassment came into effect to address the issue of bullying in the workplace.
Consult Human Rights Legislation for more specific information on employment-related discrimination and harassment.
Harassment is a serious issue in today's workplaces and can be quite costly for organizations. Ensuring you have a clear
place to address concerns and steps to try to resolve issues is a firm step to creating and maintaining a healthy workplace and avoiding legal
A policy on harassment in the workplace:
- Provides guidelines on the types of harassment (verbal, physical, sexual or psychological)
- Outlines the scope (who is covered by the policy)
- Makes a commitment to a workplace free from all forms of harassment
- Can reinforce compliance with human rights legislation and the labour code
- Is a statement of an organization’s value of inclusion
- Is a statement of an organizations commitment to workplace safety and wellness
* Cole, Nina and Dessler, Gary. Human Resources Management in Canada. Eleventh edition. 2011, Pearson Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada.