Human Rights issues for Employers
As an employer you inevitably will encounter human rights issues that will arise in your workplace. You can reduce and potentially eliminate complaints by employees in regard to an infringement of their human rights. Mindfulness of human rights is step one. Respecting all employees’ human rights is step two. Step three is to take all reasonable steps to ensure your workplace does not offend one’s human rights.
Employer’s have an obligation to create and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and harassment, and one that is a safe environment for their employees to work.
You should familiarize yourself with “the grounds” for human rights complaints. They are: family status (pregnancy & maternity), age, race, place of origin, marital status, disability, colour, citizenship, sexual orientation, ancestry, religion, sex, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity and record of offences.
Training should be provided for all employees. Your management staff need to know how to recognize issues such as harassment and discrimination. They also need to be trained on how to handle a complaint.
You need to ensure that you have an updated Policy and Procedures Manual that informs your employees of how a human rights complaint should be handled in your workplace.