With the advent of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the number of harassment complaints in the workplace is on the rise. Some complaints present unique challenges such as old allegations, multiple complainants, respondents at all levels of an organization and highly sensitive situations. Employees and the general public are watching how employers deal with these complaints. It is critical for employers to prepare themselves by sharpening their investigation skills, knowing when to use an external investigator, re-examining their policies and ensuring complaint procedures are appropriate and fair to all concerned. Let us help you prepare to navigate harassment complaints using best practices in this full-day seminar.
#MeToo, #TimesUp, #BelieveWomen
- From Anita Hill to Dr. Blasey Ford – how far have we come?
- Discuss the purpose of these movements and where they are headed
- Review statistics regarding harassment and under-reporting
Culture and Prevention
- Assess whether your workplace suffers from under-reporting
- Consider strategies to prevent harassment
- Examine how to create a safe environment for survivors
- Learn about recent cases on harassment, including new examples and damages awards
- Review OH&S legislation defining harassment and imposing related legal duties
- Know how to update your policies and achieve legal compliance
Effective Investigation Techniques
- Know when to hire an external investigator
- Examine how to maintain privilege and confidentiality
- Understand how to provide a fair process to all concerned
- Learn what to put in your report (and what not to)
Responding to Founded Complaints
- Identify strategies to address violations and prevent recurrence
- Keep your promise to protect against retaliation
- Develop strategies to respond to media attention
- Practise your new skills in a group setting dealing with hypothetical complaints
- Registration & Breakfast: 8 a.m. | Seminar: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
- Registration closes Monday, September 23. For a full refund cancel by end of day.
- Substitutions may be made at any time. Contact email@example.com to process.
- Space is limited. Only employers or their representatives are eligible to attend. We reserve the right to decline registrants.
This seminar qualifies for 6 CPD hours through CPHR British Columbia & Yukon.
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