The holiday season has come to a close and most of us are returning to our regular routines at work. As we put away our Christmas trees and make our new year’s resolutions, many are thinking about what the next 12 months will be like Canadian workplaces during 2018.
Here are just a few of the major workplace issues the labour movement and all Canadians will be focused on in 2018:
This was obviously one of the most talked about labour topics in 2017, with the Silence Breakers featured as Time Magazine’s person of the year and the #metoo hashtag going viral around the globe. With so many organizations and businesses openly stating that workplace harassment is a high priority, this year a huge spotlight will be put on harassment of both men and women in the workplace.
This past year has been a great one for mental health with more employers and governments stepping up and taking care of Canadians who deal with mental health issues. However, there is still a lot to be done. Teamsters 362 has run several campaigns asking for more mental health support in Canada, and we will be keeping a careful watch this year on how leaders and politicians step up to help Canadian workers.
The federal government is planning on legalizing marijuana in Canada in July of this year, and provinces will be setting their own age requirements and how to regulate and sell marijuana. Many companies are wondering how ‘decreased productivity, poor attendance safety issues and second-hand smoke.’ will be dealt with in the workplace after legalization.