What are British Columbia’s sexual harassment training requirements?
British Columbia’s law requires that employers provide sexual harassment training to their employees prior to the start of their employment. The law also requires an annual review of their workplace bullying and harassment, and if any changes are made to that policy they must retrain their workforce.
What should sexual harassment training in British Columbia cover?
The law requires that the sexual harassment training teaches employees how to recognize the potential for bullying and harassment, how to respond when they do encounter it, and how to file a report. Additionally, employers are required to train on how they will handle a report.
Who does this apply to?
This law applies to any organization that engages in business in British Columbia or hires workers or contractors that work in British Columbia. A worker is defined as anyone in a paid or unpaid position including apprentices and volunteers.
What does this mean for you?
Considering the expansive nature of these laws, your business will likely need to take a number of steps to meet the training requirements. As a first step, schedule and deliver workplace sexual harassment training to your existing workforce and make a plan for all new hires in British Columbia.
Want to learn more about the mandates across North America?
The EVERFI team of dedicated in-house attorneys wants you to have a clear understanding of which states and provinces require harassment training. Explore our interactive guide to sexual harassment prevention training requirements nationwide.