Company Policies

1. Diversity

Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. provides diversity to all employees, irrespective of gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, nationality, national origin, sexuality, religion or belief, marital status and social class. The company opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All employees, whether part time, full time or temporary, will be treated fairly and equally and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.

All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully used to maximize the efficiency of the company.

Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. Breaches of our diversity policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.


2. Employee Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is intended to familiarize you with the behaviour expected in the workplace. As an employee of Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc., you are responsible for complying with all rules and internal policies. In addition, you have an obligation to know and understand any laws and regulations affecting your particular function and to comply with them. Alleged breaches of the rules and policies are addressed on a case-by-case basis, and, depending on the severity of the conduct, following an investigation, may result in disciplinary action. This code is based on three broad principles: cooperation, communication and confidentiality.

While we foster individual growth, the company depends on teamwork as an effective way to perform the company’s function. Each employee deserves to be treated fairly by all coworkers. Cooperation and teamwork are integral to our culture.

Respect, honesty and fairness characterize our company. In particular, the company will not condone any behaviour that could be construed as discriminatory — specifically, discrimination on the basis of race, language, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental impairment.

Bernwood Contractors strives to provide a cooperative and respectful environment, and harassment will not be tolerated. Harassment is defined as any comments or gestures that are unwarranted, unsolicited or that are intended or likely to cause offence, embarrassment or humiliation to the recipient and that the employee knows or ought to reasonably know are unwelcome. Bernwood Contractors will not tolerate any employee being subjected to sexual, verbal or physical harassment by another employee.

If you feel that any such behaviour is being directed at you, you should consider taking the following steps to correct the situation:
1. Advise the person that he/she is behaving inappropriately and ask him/her to stop (he/she may not realize that his/her behaviour is offensive).
2. If this fails, or if you feel you need additional support to remedy the situation, speak to your direct supervisor and advise him/her of the situation. The supervisor will look into the situation, and where required, will advise the person that the company does not tolerate inappropriate behaviour and it must stop immediately. The goal is to resolve the problem in such a way as to allow those involved to continue working together and to retain their dignity and self-respect.
3. Should the inappropriate behaviour not stop, disciplinary action will be taken by management.

The “Safe Zone”
The company wants all its employees to be assured that Bernwood Contractors is a “safe zone” for voicing legitimate concerns.

You should feel free to bring to the attention of your supervisor any instances of wrongdoing that you come across in the course of your work. These could include:
1. a violation of any law or regulation or policy that applies to working at Bernwood Contractors
2. a misuse of Bernwood Contractors funds or assets
3. the gross mismanagement of Bernwood Contractors resources;
4. an act or omission that creates a substantial and specific danger to the life, health and safety of individuals at the workplace
5. reprisals against a Bernwood Contractors employee.

If you have witnessed wrongdoing of this or any other type, you can contact your manager. You also have the right, at law, to contact government authorities if you feel your concerns are not being adequately addressed by Bernwood Contractors.


3. Environmental Policy

Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. recognizes environmental protection a guiding principle and a key component of sound business performance. We are committed to providing a quality product and service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimizes our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant federal/provincial and municipal environmental legislation, and we will strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices.

All employees have workplace hazardous material information systems training.

We will:
• Consider environmental concerns and impact in all our decision-making and activities.
• Promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner.
• Train, educate and inform our employees about environmental issues that may affect their work.
• Reduce waste through reuse and recycling and by purchasing recycled, recyclable or refurbished products and materials when available, economical and suitable.
• Promote efficient use of materials and resources, including water, electricity, raw materials and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable.
• Avoid unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seek substitutions when feasible, and take all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials must be used, stored and disposed of.
• Purchase and use environmentally responsible products that have been chosen based on low toxicity or environmental hazard, durability, use of recycled materials, reduced energy and/or water consumption, reduced packaging, and ability to be recycled, refilled or refurbished at end of life.
• Where required by legislation or where substantial health, safety or environmental hazards exist, develop and maintain appropriate emergency and spill response programs.
• Regularly communicate our environmental program to our clients, customers and the public and encourage their support.
• Strive to continually improve our environmental performance by periodically reviewing our environmental policy in light of our current and planned future activities.


4. Equal Opportunity

It is policy at Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. that employees should be able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful employment discrimination. All decisions about recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment, training, termination and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, colour, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. Workers will be selected for promotion based on skill and ability. When skill and ability are equal, length of continuous employment will be the determining factor.

In addition, Bernwood Contractors prohibits unlawful harassment of its employees or independent contractors in any form. Complaints of unlawful employment discrimination or harassment should be reported. In cases where investigation confirms the allegations, appropriate corrective action will be taken, regardless of whether the inappropriate conduct rises to the level of any violation of law. No employee will suffer retaliation for reporting, in good faith, any violation of company policy or unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation.


5. Health and Safety

The management of Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. is interested in the health and safety of its employees. Protection of workers from injury or occupational disease is a continuing objective. We will make every reasonable effort to provide a safe, healthy work environment. All staff must support our continuing objective of reducing risk of injury.
Bernwood Contractors, as an employer, is responsible for health and safety at the workplace. Every reasonable precaution will be taken for the protection of its workers.
Supervisors must ensure that employees under their supervision are in compliance with the law and with established safe work practices and procedures. When necessary, employees will receive adequate training in their specific tasks to protect their health and safety.

It is in the best interest of all parties to consider health and safety in every activity. Commitment to health and safety must form an integral part of this company.


6. Policy against Discrimination

Because Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. is committed to valuing people’s differences, it is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all people on the basis of the essential skills, abilities, knowledge and experience required to perform the duties of the job. This will be done regardless of age, sex, race, physical or mental disability, colour, pregnancy, civil status, language, national origin, citizenship, creed, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, family relationship, or any other ground prohibited by Human Rights legislation.

Our philosophy of equal opportunity and fair treatment for all individuals underlines our commitment to employment equity and our responsibility for ensuring that the application of this policy is consistent both in spirit and in practice throughout the company.


7. Policy on Workplace Violence

Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc. maintains a respectful and safe work environment, and workplace violence is unacceptable. Employees should be aware of risks of workplace violence and how they may be addressed.

• The exercise of physical force by a person in the workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to an employee.
• An attempt to exercise physical force against an employee in the workplace that could cause physical injury to the employee.
• Includes domestic violence that could expose an employee to physical injury in the workplace.

Reporting Workplace Violence
Whether or not outside emergency assistance (911) has been summoned, employees should report incidents of workplace violence to their supervisor or the owner of Bernwood Contractors. There will be no negative consequences for reports made in good faith.

The company will respond to allegations of workplace violence by conducting an investigation and involving authorities as necessary.