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Big Fines are being Imposed for non-compliance

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Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Requirement:
What Businesses Need to Know
Q: What is this new B.C. anti-bullying/anti-harassment requirement and where did it come
from?
A: In November 2011, the B.C. government introduced Bill 14 to amend the Workers Compensation Act
to allow workers suffering from cumulative work-related stress to apply for and be granted benefits,
whereas previously the stress had to result from sudden and traumatic events. The government introduced
further amendments to Bill 14 in May 2012 to deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The bill
became law in July 2012. Compliance with the WorkSafeBC policy is now mandatory.
Q: What does this mean for my business?
As of November 1, 2013, all employers will be expected to comply with WorkSafeBC’s Employer
Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment (D3-115-2) policy. This policy explains WorkSafeBC’s
expectations of “reasonable steps” for an employer to prevent “where possible, or otherwise minimize,
workplace bullying.” Note, this applies to all employers, supervisors and workers.
Q: How can my business comply?
A: The new regulations require all B.C. businesses, large and small, to do the following:
1. Develop a policy statement that outlines how workplace bullying and harassment is not
acceptable or tolerated;
 Tip: Develop your policy by following how-to’s and a template available from
WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
2. Take steps to prevent where possible, or otherwise minimize, workplace bullying and harassment;
3. Develop and implement procedures for workers to report incidents or complaints of workplace
bullying and harassment including how, when and to whom a worker should report incidents or
complaints. This must include procedures for a worker to report if the employer, supervisor or
person acting on behalf of the employer is the alleged bully or harasser;
 Tip: Develop reporting procedures by following how-to’s and a template available from
WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
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4. Develop and implement procedures for how the employer will deal with incidents or complaints
of workplace bullying and harassment, including investigations and the scope thereof, roles and
responsibilities, follow-up measures, and record keeping;
 Tip: Develop investigation procedures and guides by following how-to’s and templates
available from WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
5. Inform workers of the policy statement in (1) and the measures taken in (2);
6. Train all supervisors and workers to recognize the potential for bullying and harassment, respond
to bullying and harassment, and be aware of procedures for reporting and dealing with incidents
or complaints of bullying and harassment in (3) and (4) respectively;
 Tip: BC Chamber members can access a discounted, compliant course through the
Respect Group. Program details:
o Proactive online solution
o 90 minute self-guided program
o With testing and certification this enables your organization to demonstrate
compliance
o Available to BC Chamber members for $32 plus tax (rather than $40). To register
an employer and/or employees for the course, please contact Brad Blaisdell at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 604.239.5523. You will need your
Chamber code to access the discount.
o Visit http://respectintheworkplace.com/ for more information about the program
7. Conduct annual reviews;
8. Not engage in bullying and harassment of workers and supervisors; and
9. Apply and comply with the employer’s policies and procedures on bullying and harassment.
Q: Where can I find other resources on this topic?
A: Additional information available from WorkSafeBC:
 A General Overview of tools/resources:
 A Small Business Guide, which includes a checklist for employers:

Chamber continues work on MMBC file

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Since achieving a significant reduction in the impact on business of Multi Material BC's recycling program, the BC Chamber is continuingactive efforts on this file (PDF), including: highlighting the need for municipalities to return savings to taxpayers and looking for mitigation measures for hard-hit industries. We have been active on this file since July 2013.

Chamber welcomes balanced budget

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NEWS RELEASE

BC Chamber welcomes balanced B.C. budget with targeted initiatives

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Victoria, February 18, 2014 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province congratulated the B.C. government for tabling a second balanced budget that combines spending restraint with several targeted initiatives.

 

“Business has been clear: Government’s number one priority must be to keep its fiscal house in order. Budget 2014 does that by controlling spending while making modest investments into measures to help grow the economy,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “British Columbians can take pride that we are one of only two jurisdictions in Canada to balance our budget and this was done with minimal tax increases.”

 

Budget 2014 forecasts a $175 million surplus for 2013/14, rising to $184 million in 2014-15. Budget 2014 includes several modest initiatives that will support on-going economic development across the province, including: an extension to the Scientific Research & Experimental Development and the Mining Flow-Through Share tax credit measures, an extension of the Distant Location Film Credit to the Capital Regional District, and increased funding for environmental approvals.

 

“As we look to drive our medium and long-term economic prosperity, it’s important that we remain committed to fiscal prudence – but also to ensuring our competitiveness on the global stage,” Winter said. “As we look at the big picture of the fiscal plan, government’s strong management will provide additional flexibility in future years. This flexibility is needed to help kick start our economy by addressing top-tier challenges facing business – notably skills development and tax competitiveness.”

 

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province.  Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”- 30 -

 

For further details, please contact:

 

John Winter

B.C. celebrates local chambers of commerce

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                            Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
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Feb. 17, 2014   

B.C. celebrates local chambers of commerce

 

VICTORIA – Feb. 17-21, 2014, has been proclaimed Chamber of Commerce Week in B.C.The week has been set aside to recognize the province’s more than 125 chambers of commerce for the work they do year-round. This year’s theme, Leadership in Action, celebrates the leadership that chambers demonstrate in their local communities.

Representing more than 36,000 businesses throughout the province, B.C. chambers of commerce and their influential network are a true voice for B.C.’s business community. They help businesses develop and grow, and by giving businesses the support they need, B.C.’s chambers help to advance economic development and job creation in our province.

Representing the vast majority of local chambers, the BC Chamber of Commerce has been a key partner in working with the province to achieve the goal of making British Columbia the most business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada.

In the past year, the Province has worked closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce on one of governments most important initiatives for small business: the BC Small Business Accord. Introduced almost a year ago, the B.C. Small Business Accord recognizes small business as a key driver of job creation and economic growth in B.C.

The BC Chamber of Commerce also has been consistent in delivering the message to government that red tape is one of the biggest burdens business owners face. Recently the chamber led the engagement between Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) and the business community to present a policy to government intended to reduce the red tape for small businesses impacted by a new recycling program which shifts costs from B.C. taxpayers to industry.

In response, British Columbia is leading the country in the fight against red tape. Government has reduced regulatory requirements by over 42 per cent since 2001, and has committed to holding the line right through to 2015.

B.C.’s chamber network has been a key partner in the success of the Mobile Business Licence program, which is now operating in 69 communities around the province.

The program allows mobile businesses such as contractors and caterers, to operate across participating municipalities and regional districts with one additional business licence, as opposed to purchasing a business licence for each community in which they operate. This streamlines and simplifies the licensing process, reduces costs and makes it easier to do business.

 

B.C.’s chambers play a significant role in building links in their business communities. Their key role is business advocacy: encouraging policies that support businesses and economic development throughout the province.

Quotes:

Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto –“As a former chair of both the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the BC Chamber of Commerce, as well as a former small business owner, I truly understand and appreciate how our Chambers of Commerce support and stimulate local economies and help create vibrant communities throughout the Province.”

President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce John Winter –“It’s hard to say enough about the impact of local chambers throughout British Columbia. These organizations are at the frontlines of business advocacy in their communities. They are leaders, innovators and voices for positive change. Chamber Week celebrates the vision, hard work and can-do spirit that our chambers bring to British Columbia.”

 

Quick Facts:

  • The chamber network in B.C. is the largest, most broadly-based business organization in the province.
  • There are more than 125 chambers in the BC Chamber of Commerce’s network alone and 36,000 represented businesses.
  • Chambers exist in every corner of the province, from Prince Rupert to Fort Nelson and Fernie to Tofino.
  • Small business makes up 98 per cent of all business in the province and employs over one million people.
  • Small business provides nearly 55 per cent of all private-sector jobs in British Columbia, the highest rate in the country.
  • In 2012, approximately 385,900 small businesses were operating in the province, 82 per cent of which had fewer than five employees.
  • British Columbia ranks first in Canada for the number of small businesses per capita, with 83.5 businesses per 1,000 people.


Learn More:

 To learn more about the BC Chamber of Commerce, visit:http://www.bcchamber.org/

To learn more about the BC Small Business Accord, visit:http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/sbaccord/

To learn more about the Small Business Roundtable, visit:www.smallbusinessroundtable.ca/Home.aspx

 

Media Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
and Responsible for Labour
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business
250 387-2799

John Winter
President and CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce
604.638-8110

Jenny MacPhee
Communications Officer
BC Chamber of Commerce
604 638-8114

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:52

Chamber AGM Thursday, March 20

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce's Annual AGM will take place on Thursday, March 20, noon at the Pioneer Activity Centre. The nominating committee has secured membes who are interested in serving on the board but there will also be nominations taken from the floor. To round out the hour the Chamber will feature two Pecha Kucha presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds each,,,fast, concise, fun and informative) - one from Ted Widen of Be Your Image and one from Tony Mondia of Taliflo Software. To register plese call 250-847-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .... Come for a recap of the Chamber's activities over the year; for a wonderful home-cooked meal and for networking. Luncheon is at the Pioneer Activity Centre, $20 for members.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:13

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