House of Assembly
June 8, 2018

Interim Application of Harassment-Free Workplace Policy for Complaints Against Members of the House of Assembly

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Honourable Perry Trimper, advises that a Harassment-Free Workplace Policy is in effect that applies to complaints against Members of the House of Assembly (MHAs) in accordance with House of Assembly Management Commission Directive 2018-001.

The policy applicable to Members is the same as the new Executive Branch Harassment-Free Workplace Policy that came into effect on June 1, 2018. However, the complaint and resolutions processes had to be adapted to make them appropriate for elected officials. These processes will be overseen by the Commissioner for Legislative Standards.

On May 2, 2018, the House of Assembly unanimously passed a Private Member’s Motion, which constitutes an order to the Privileges and Elections Committee (PEC) to develop a Legislature-specific harassment policy. Once its work is completed, the Committee must bring its recommendations back to the House of Assembly for debate and a decision (via a vote).

The Management Commission has directed application of the Harassment-Free Workplace Policy on an interim basis, unless otherwise directed by the Commission, while the Privileges and Elections Committee undertakes its work.

Further information is outlined in Commission Directive 2018-001: www.assembly.nl.ca/ManComm/Directives/Directive2018-001.pdf PDF Icon.

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Learn More

Executive Branch Harassment-Free Workplace Policy (effective June 1): www.exec.gov.nl.ca/exec/hrs/working_with_us/harassment_free_workplace.html

Private Members’ Resolution – approved May 2, 2018:
www.assembly.nl.ca/HouseBusiness/OrderPapers/2018/may02_2018.htm external link icon

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Office of the Commissioner for Legislative Standards
709-729-1474
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