The company completed an extensive, year-long review of the Respect in the Workplace Policy, according to the memo from Brian Daly.

The following memo was sent to Star Media Group employees on Sept. 8 from Brian Daly, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Star Media Group

All businesses within Star Media Group share a steadfast commitment to treating all employees with dignity and respect, and providing a workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination.  This commitment is manifested in the organization’s Respect in the Workplace Policy, which has been in place for many years.

Recently, the company completed an extensive, year-long review of the Respect in the Workplace Policy, as part of the company’s periodic review of all HR policies and practices.  The policy review process was intended to ensure that SMG has consistent, effective and contemporary policies and practices to prevent workplace incidents and to address any issues that arise.

This policy review process resulted in a number of refinements to the Respect in the Workplace Policy and related complaint investigation procedures.   In particular, the new policy further clarifies employee and management responsibilities in this area.  The new policy also incorporates recent legislative changes in jurisdictions where the company operates, including Ontario’s new sexual harassment legislation that comes into effect today.   In addition, standard complaint investigation protocols have been implemented, with compulsory training and certification for all workplace investigators.

A full copy of the new policy and associated complaint investigation procedures is attached to this message.   Communication sessions on the new policy will be held at regular management and staff meetings over the next couple of months.   In addition, new online training modules for both new and existing employees and managers will be rolled-out starting this fall.

The Respect in the Workplace policy forms an important cornerstone for how we operate on a day-to-day basis.   All employees are expected to read, understand and adhere to the new policy.   Employees at all levels are expected to treat each other with respect and dignity, and to report any violations of the policy to HR or management.

It is important that all employees be aware of the availability of confidential HR resources to assist in such matters.  I am personally available to meet with any staff members with concerns in this area, as are my HR colleagues.   We are also eager to hear input from staff on additional steps that the company can take.

We all have an important role to play in ensuring that our workplaces are respectful and welcoming to all.

Brian

Respect in the Workplace Policy September 2016