Village launches investigation into possible workplace harassment

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The Village of Merrickville -Wolford is conducting a formal investigation into potential incidents of harassment in the workplace. A press release sent out on September 5, says the investigation is in accordance with the requirements of provincial legislation and corporate policy. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer must ensure that “an investigation is conducted into incidents and complaints of workplace harassment that is appropriate in the circumstances.”

This announcement comes after the launch of an investigation into recordings of municipal staff in July, as well as the resignation of the Manager of Public Works, Dave Powers at the end of August.

Due to the confidential nature of personnel matters, the press release states that neither council or staff will be commenting further about the investigation into workplace harassment.

Village statement on investigations

To comply with the requirements of provincial legislation and corporate policy, the Village of Merrickville-Wolford is formally investigating potential incidents of workplace harassment.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT
Duties re harassment
32.0.7 (1) To protect a worker from workplace harassment, an employer shall ensure that,
(a) an investigation is conducted into incidents and complaints of workplace harassment that is appropriate in the circumstances.

Confidential personnel matters are involved and, as such, staff and Council will not be commenting further in this regard. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
For more information, please contact:

Mayor Dave Nash, 613-269-4791, ext. 226, [email protected] , or Interim Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Doug Robertson, 613-269-4791, ext. 229, [email protected]

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