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Author Archive - Beyond Rewards Inc

Beyond Rewards is a boutique firm offering a full suite of Human Resource, Safety, Workplace investigations, Accessibility Standards and Risk Management solutions, online training programs and customized face to face training for our clients. Several exceptional expert consultants led by Lynne Bard, HBa, CHRP, CES, President/Senior Consultant, will be blogging regularly on First Reference Talks on behalf of Beyond Rewards Inc. Read more here.

New accessibility legislation: The Accessible Canada Act

On June 21st, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received royal assent. This new federal accessibility legislation in Canada aims to achieve the goal of a barrier-free Canada by the year 2040.

 

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Preventing Impairment in the Workplace

How can you prevent impairment in the workplace with cannabis usage on the rise due to its legalization?

 

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Biohazard control in your workplace

Workplaces have a responsibility to identify hazards in the workplace. A hazard is any situation, condition or thing that may be dangerous to the safety or health of workers.

 

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Do you have a fit for duty program in your workplace?

To be committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, customers and other members of the public, a Fit for Duty program is necessary for prevention, protection and rehabilitation (if necessary).

 

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Critical work injuries – Ensure its prevention

Without the proper safe work practices, safety policies are ineffective to protect workers in the workplace.

 

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Human rights – Your duty as an employer

In 2017, 66% of all human rights claims were employment-related. Employers have the duty to be compliant with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

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Health and safety: It’s not just physical

Employers have the duty to protect their workers and provide a healthy and safe work environment. Health & safety is about both physical and mental health.

 

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Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Necessary for the lives of your workers

This past September, a paving contractor was fined $325,000 for a workplace fatality that occurred due to not properly complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Compliance with the Act includes following proper policies and procedures and ensuring your employees are trained on safety issues.

 

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Protect your employees this winter season

As an employer, you have a duty to protect your employees from slips and falls on your premises.

 

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What employers should know about conducting police record checks

The Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 standardized police record checks in Ontario as of November 1st 2018. Ontario Employers who conduct police record checks in regards to hiring employees or other purposes must know the requirements of this new legislation:

 

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Are you aware of Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018?

On October 23rd 2018, the announcement was made from the Government of Ontario that Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, will be proposed to change Bill 148. This new bill repeals sections of Bill 148 that had been previously introduced by the former government.

 

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Canada aims to increase accessibility with Bill C-81

The Accessible Canada Act is to be the first federal accessibility law in Canada to further assist those will disabilities. Canada’s goal in implementing this act is to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities to enhance full and equal participation of those with disabilities.

 

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WHMIS phase 3: Are you ready for September?

Complying with WHMIS has been an ongoing mission to ensure safety within the workplace when working alongside hazardous materials. Compliance for WHMIS has been split up into 3 phases, and phase 3 commences on September 1. Are you ready?

 

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Measuring the costs of red tape for small business

It was not until more recently that the costs of compliance were measured within Canada. Its burden was often overlooked, and still can be today.

 

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Leaders are persuasive rule-breakers

The hallmarks of senior leaders is not high scores in outgoingness or charisma, and leaders’ level of dependability and conscientiousness is not different from that of others. Instead, it’s the willingness to take action, bring others along, and remain open to new opportunities and better ways of doing things that make effective leaders.

 

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