This policy applies to all civil servants whose terms and conditions are set out in accordance with the Civil Service Act and regulations. Other direct employees of the provincial government, including all bargaining unit employees must abide by this policy as well.
Input from our clients, including results from the employee survey and other sources, indicate that we need stronger, clearer policies and easier access to Respectful Workplace training. Based on this feedback the Public Service Commission undertook a review of the Respectful Workplace Policy which led to enhancements of the policy, procedures, training, and other aspects of the program.
No. The policy continues to define offensive behaviour as: harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination. However, we have clarified that bullying is a form of harassment.
Yes. There have been changes to the policy that affect employees, managers, and human resource professionals. Therefore all employees are asked to complete the appropriate training course(s). Respectful Workplace training for employees and managers can now be completed by e-learning meaning that employees with access to a computer can complete the training at their desks. Information about which training course(s) you should take, and how to register, can be found on the website.
A workplace is any place occupied by an employee as part of their employment. This includes, but is not limited to, lunchrooms, a client’s home or work site, vehicle, training events, conferences, business travel, work-related social gatherings, or other locations where an employee is engaged in activity associated with employment.
Allegations of offensive behaviour will be thoroughly reviewed and where it is warranted, an action plan to resolve the matter will be initiated. This may include mediation, investigation or a workplace assessment. Depending on the circumstances, a finding of offensive behaviour may result in disciplinary action.
Check with your manager or human resource professional for additional information, read the Respectful Workplace brochure, visit our website at:
or contact the Respectful Workplace office:
Respectful Workplace & Diversity Advisor
1-888-465-2444 (toll free)
P.O. Box 943
1800 Argyle Street
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2V9
Fax: (902) 424-0631
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