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Violence and Harassment Policies

Express associates have the right to perform their duties in a safe and comfortable atmosphere, free from violence or harassment. Express will take every reasonable precaution to protect its associates. Acts considered to be in violation of Express policy include, but are not limited to:
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Abuse (verbal and/or physical)
  • Inappropriate gestures or remarks
  • Inappropriate physical contact

Workplace harassment is defined as:

Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome and not already protected under the Human Rights Code.

Workplace violence is defined as:

Exercising or attempting to exercise physical force against a worker in a workplace that causes, or could cause, physical injury to the worker.

Every associate must work in compliance with Express violence and harassment policies. All associates are encouraged to raise any concerns about workplace harassment or violence and to report any incidents or threats to their Express Staffing Consultant immediately. Express associates may refuse work if they believe they are at risk of violence in the workplace. There will be no negative consequences for reports made in good faith.

Express will investigate and deal with all incidents and complaints of workplace harassment or violence in a fair and timely manner, respecting the privacy of all concerned as much as possible. Procedures for calling for immediate assistance when workplace violence occurs, or is likely to occur, will be provided during a safety orientation at each specific assignment or workplace.

CAT11H (03/12)

Associate Violence and Harassment Procedures

As an Express Employment Professionals associate, you are integral to the success of our business. That is why it is important for you to understand Express violence and harassment policies. These policies have been created to promote a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all Express employees. Anyone experiencing violence, harassment, or threats of the same are strongly encouraged to report these incidents. Reporting inappropriate behaviour will bring it to a stop, and will help prevent future cases from occurring.

If you are subjected to harassment at work, tell the harasser to immediately stop the inappropriate, unwelcome behaviour. If the harassing behaviour continues, or you perceive it to be violent or present a threat of violence, contact your on-site supervisor immediately and then contact your Staffing Consultant at the Express office as soon as possible. Express will take every reasonable precaution to protect its associates.

Express will investigate and deal with all incidents and complaints of workplace harassment or violence in a fair and timely manner, respecting the privacy of all concerned as much as possible. If an Express employee conducts an investigation, you may be contacted for information throughout the process. To assist with the investigation, you should be able to provide the following information in writing to the Express representative:

1. The date, time, and location the event occurred

2. The individual responsible for the inappropriate behaviour

3. Exactly what happened

4. How it happened

5. Names and contact information of witnesses

6. Physical evidence (if appropriate)

7. Any other information that seems relevant

8. Your actions taken after the behaviour, for example, reported it, called police, etc.

9. Your signature

Following an investigation, you will be notified of actions taken.

By signing below you acknowledge that you understand that it is your responsibility to contact your on-site supervisor immediately and then contact your Staffing Consultant at Express as soon as possible if subjected to violence, threats of violence, or harassment.

 

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