Saying 'bless you' after a sneeze deemed offensive by feds

Federal employees will now have to say 'Oh no, I heard that' if someone sneezes. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Federal employees will now have to say 'Oh no, I heard that' if someone sneezes. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

With over 100,000 employees, the Canadian federal government is one of the country's largest employers. This week they announced some employee conduct changes that might be tough for staff affected by cold and flu season.  

The Department of Employee Well-being for the government released their list of phrases no longer permitted in federal work environments and topping the list is saying "bless-you" after someone sneezes. Other phrases include: "OMG," "cheers" and "thank heavens."

According to department head Susan Bonhart, "Though no one has been offended by these phrases yet, the notion that someone could be offended is something we're trying to prevent."

Earlier today Pat Kelly spoke with Ms. Bonhart, to learn more.

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