Harassment/Sexual Harassment Training

BCPSEA offers a variety of harassment training programs to assist school districts in the administration of Article E.2 of the Provincial Collective Agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association.

These training programs are designed to provide districts with appropriately trained individuals in order to satisfy the requirements of the Provincial Collective Agreement, Article E.2 Harassment/Sexual Harassment and WorkSafe BC Bullying and Harassment. While these programs focus on the provisions of the teacher agreement, the concepts and skills are also useful to individuals with management responsibility for support staff.

An overview of each of the training programs follows the schedule set out below.

Workshops Offered

Online Awareness and Prevention of Harassment Training

BCPSEA offers the following e-learning opportunity.

Developed in conjunction with Open School BC, Awareness and Prevention of Harassment will provide participants with a better understanding of what harassment is, what actions and behaviours might be considered harassment, and what employees can do if they believe they’ve been harassed. This one-hour program, available only to BC public school employees, covers key harassment legislation and policy; it also includes sample scenarios, as well as a simulated harassment case in video format.

Awareness and Prevention of Harassment online can be accessed here

Conducting Harassment Investigations

This 1.5 day session approaches the investigation of harassment complaints from a number of perspectives — the employer’s responsibilities under the collective agreement, WorkSafeBC and the BC Human Rights Code, as well as the essential elements of a fair and thorough investigation.

Significant focus is placed on skills development through interactive practice sessions that will prepare participants to conduct full and proper investigations, including avoiding common mistakes.  Critical areas of focus include assessing credibility, dealing with conflicting evidence or testimony, and finding ways to corroborate or refute allegations in the absence of witnesses and/or where the stories conflict.

Participants will receive instruction in how to prepare a harassment report; we include direction on report structure, content and reasoning.  This session also includes an update on outstanding issues, recent decisions, and the Dorsey report disclosure process.

In view of the current COVID-19 landscape, we will be offering this course via Zoom.  Participants will be supported and coached online as they work through exercises and sector-specific case studies to enhance the learning.

Virtual Delivery

When: October 15, 2020 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
October 16, 2020 (9:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Where: BC Public School Employers' Association
Via Zoom (link will be provided prior to the workshop)
Cost: $575 + GST

Registration

Space is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Please note that should there be insufficient enrollment to meet minimum requirements for a session, the workshop will be cancelled and registration fees will be refunded.

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Instructors

Debbie Craig
Director, Labour Relations, BCPSEA

Debbie is a seasoned practitioner with 20 plus years of experience in the field of human resources and labour relations. Debbie has worked for crown corporations and various public sector environments. Debbie worked for many years with the City of Vancouver in various HR and LR roles, including working as the Director of Labour Relations. Debbie joined the Education Sector in 2007 as the Director of Labour Relations for the Surrey School District. Debbie spent 7 years in her role with Surrey Schools overseeing the correct interpretation/application of several collective agreements, grievance and arbitration work, investigating allegations of employee misconduct and harassment, as well as participating in collective bargaining processes. Debbie joined BCPSEA in April of 2017 as a Director of Labour Relations providing advice and support to several member school districts as well as overseeing BCPSEA’s Learning Series. Debbie has a degree in liberal arts and in business from Simon Fraser University.

Suzanne Kennedy
Partner, Harris and Company

Suzanne has built a strong practice in access and privacy law. She advises both public and private sector employers on their responsibilities as they navigate the implications of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and other related legislation. Suzanne regularly provides one-on-one training to in-house privacy and access coordinators on responding to access requests, conducting internal investigations, and the use of internal system information.

In addition to privacy law, Suzanne has extensive experience in education and health law. Suzanne has represented various healthcare and educational professionals and organizations, providing advice in a range of areas including employment, professional regulatory proceedings and compliance, court and administrative tribunal proceedings, procurement, and contract negotiations.

Questions

If you have any questions concerning these training opportunities, please contact Debbie Craig at debbiec@bcpsea.bc.ca or 604.730.4519. For questions regarding logistics of the workshops, please contact Donna Verones by e-mail at donnav@bcpsea.bc.ca or by phone at 604.730.4501.

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