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Empowering Workplace Mental Health: CNESST's Commitment

Published on April 1, 2024

By The Canadian Press

Introduction

The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is gearing up to implement significant changes brought about by the recent adoption of the Law to Prevent and Combat Psychological Harassment and Sexual Violence in the Workplace. In a press conference held in Quebec, CNESST reaffirmed its commitment to inform and support workplaces during this legislative transition.

Communication and Awareness

Various communication channels will be employed to assist and equip workplaces. These include:

  • Enhanced Training and Webinars: CNESST will enhance its training programs and webinars to provide practical guidance on complying with the new legal requirements.
  • Updated Resources: Certain web pages will be modified to reflect the latest legislative changes.
  • Revised Prevention and Intervention Policies: CNESST will distribute an improved model policy that aligns with the new legal provisions.

Public Awareness Campaign

The CNESST's public awareness campaign, titled "Psychological Health Risks at Work: Not Fiction," has been re-launched for a three-week period starting March 25. This campaign emphasizes the importance of addressing psychological well-being in the workplace.

Employer Support

Employers seeking to raise awareness about workplace psychological health can engage one of the CNESST's 18 psychological health advisors. These advisors offer valuable insights and guidance to create a healthier work environment.

Key Provisions of the New Law

The recently sanctioned law prioritizes prevention and early intervention. Notably:

  • Objective Investigations: In cases of reported harassment, an "objective, neutral, and impartial" investigator will conduct inquiries to prevent and rectify issues.
  • Protection Against Retaliation: The law safeguards employees who report incidents or participate in addressing complaints from any form of retaliation.

While Minister of Labour Jean Boulet acknowledges the upward trend in reported cases, he emphasizes that the new law focuses on proactive prevention. The CNESST stands ready to support workplaces in fostering a psychologically safe and respectful environment.

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