Sheldon Kennedy Applauds Worksafe BC’s new Anti-Harassment and Bullying Legislation

20131113-Sheldon_KennedyEverywhere you look today there are signs of society’s increasing intolerance for bullying, harassment and all forms of maltreatment in sports, schools and the workplace. Hot on the heels of the NFL suspension, and the Penn State settlement, Worksafe BC is enforcing its new anti bullying and harassment legislation. (www.worksafebc.ca/bullying)
“I applaud the actions of Worksafe BC for taking a leadership role in addressing workplace bullying and harassment through getting employers to proactively step up to address these issues. The new legislation requires that all employers train every employee on how to recognize and eliminate bullying and to implement policies and procedures to keep their workplaces respectful” says Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player, anti bullying and harassment advocate and Co-founder of Respect Group Inc.
In today’s world where the average worker spends more than 50% of their waking hours at work, thinking about work or commuting to work, ensuring that they are respected and engaged at work becomes critically important for productivity and employee wellness ” says Debby Carreau CEO and Founder of Inspired HR. (www.inspiredhr.ca)
On November 1st, 2013 Worksafe BC began enforcing new anti-harassment and bullying legislation targeted at requiring all employers to be proactive in addressing workplace incivility.
Respect Group, who has already trained over 300,000 Canadians on Respect, has stepped up their commitment in BC to help train thousands more Canadians on-line to create respectful environments and to comply with legislation around these issues. “Carreau continues. (www.respectgroupinc.com)
“Society has changed; employees, athletes and students are no longer willing to accept poor behavior from bosses, coaches or teachers” says Kennedy. “Today they expect to be treated with respect, to feel safe and to know organizations are doing their part to avoid environments where unacceptable behaviour can thrive.”
“Organizations like Respect Group Inc. will be critical in helping organizations navigate the waters of the new legislation through training, consulting and making it easier for employers to comply”, says Carreau.
About Respect group Inc. Respect Group was founded by Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion; the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment. Respect Group created a best-in-class e-learning platform, designed for mass consumption. Expert content and a professional on-line certification model round out Respect Group’s fully outsourced risk management/behavior change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace.
About Inspired HR Ltd- Inspired HR helps workplaces leverage their most important asset: people. They do this creating through creating productive, respectful and engaged workplaces.

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2 thoughts on “Sheldon Kennedy Applauds Worksafe BC’s new Anti-Harassment and Bullying Legislation

  1. Great news and another important post of yours! It’s important that public roll models like Sheldon Kennedy speaks in public like this. Thank you for your work of bringing awareness to this!

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    • Yes it’s very important for celebrities to speak out, after all, they are among the most respected for their points of view and ability of expression because if you really thought about it, we actually pay money to listen and or watch them perform, so for them to speak up “People will Listen” thanx for sharing your thoughts, they are always welcome, anyone for that matter cheers… 🙂

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