The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is introducing new online resources to help employers address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
According to a news release, the commission has seen a significant rise in the number of calls concerning sexual harassment, including from employers asking for advice and training. Through its new campaign, it’s providing a free online course for employers and their employees, along with a template for a sexual harassment policy that can be adapted by organizations.
“It’s important that we do all we can to prevent incidents of sexual harassment from happening and that we adequately address them when they do happen,” said Mark Furey, Nova Scotia’s minister of justice and minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission, in the release.
“These resources will support organizations in their efforts to create welcoming and safe workplaces for their employees and provide employers with the tools they need to contribute to a respectful workplace free of sexual harassment.”
Christine Hanson, the commission’s chief executive officer, said employers should start by having a clear sexual harassment policy, educating staff and enforcing that policy. “Today, with the full support of the business community, thousands of employers across the province are receiving information about these free resources offered by the commission.”