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March 2, 2022

SaferPlacesNB.ca provides free workplace training and resources to prevent sexual harassment

SaferPlacesNB.ca, an educational website designed to assist employers and employees to better address and prevent sexual harassment, was launched virtually today.

The website was created by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) as part of a 5-year project funded by Justice Canada.

It was created to help employers meet the regulation enacted in 2019 under the New Brunswick Health and Safety Act that mandates employers to establish policies and conduct training on workplace violence and harassment, including sexual harassment. These new requirements must be followed or organizations risk fines, charges and even jail time if offences occur.

Safer Places NB evolved from consultations with stakeholders throughout the province on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. A special focus of the project was to understand and support the needs of the LGBTQIA2S+ community in the workplace.

“Our consultations with employers revealed that many were unaware of their legal obligations with regard to preventing and addressing sexual harassment,” said Amber Chisholm, interim executive director of PLEIS-NB. “Employees who had experienced workplace sexual harassment told us they felt unsure and fearful about what to do next.”

She said the goal of the website is to assist employers and employees to better address and prevent sexual harassment in a holistic, collaborative and trauma-informed fashion.

“Any type of harassment anywhere has devastating effects for all involved,” said Marc-Alain Mallet, director of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. “With changing workforce demographics, our workplaces are much more diverse. This comprehensive and accessible resource will help employers focus on the well-being of their employees by creating and maintaining respectful and inclusive work environments.”

People can register for the workplace sexual harassment training at https://saferplacesnb.ca/en/register/. Training options include a facilitated Zoom workshop, or a self-guided e-learning course complemented by various educational tools, such as a workplace harassment policy guide and a template for employees to report harassment to their employers.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Amber Chisholm, Interim Executive Director, Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, amber.chisholm@gnb.ca.

Emilia Gutierrez, Education Officer, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 506-453-2301, emilia.gutierrez@gnb.ca

Press release on the Government  of New Brunswick website.

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Funding Announcement

Amber Chisholm, Acting Associate Director of the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB), spoke with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on March 31st, 2021. The Department of Justice Canada will be providing funding for the Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment of Vulnerable Populations project.

To read more of the news release, please visit:  Government of Canada supports initiative to address workplace sexual harassment and improve access to justice in New Brunswick

webcast episode

Sexual Harassment Unique to LGBTQI2S People

View Egale Canada Human Rights Trust’s webcast episode “How Legal Professionals Can Promote Access to Justice For LGBTQI2S People.” The episode discusses topics surrounding homophobia and transphobia in law and in legal culture. Amber specifically discusses how sexual harassment resources are often not familiar with the nuances that LGBTQI2S people experience. Sexual harassment is not only a product of sexual desire; it includes a disregard for boundaries, invasive questions, as well as other inappropriate interactions.

Featuring Amber Chisholm, Acting Associate Director of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB), and Marc-Allain Mallet, Director of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.

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