New significant health and safety penalties and on-the-spot tickets in Alberta intended to act as deterrent
Alberta’s Protection and Compliance Statutes Amendment Act, 2012 came into force on September 6, 2013. What does this mean for employers? Section 40 in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation regarding new administrative penalties and on the spot fines is now effective.
With university and college students now finished final exams and looking for summer work, it seems fitting that the latest controversy under the spotlight in the news is that of unpaid internships.
To ensure temporary employment agencies/temporary help agencies are in compliance with the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced on Friday June 8, 2012, a three-month inspection blitz of temp agencies running form June 2012 until the end of August 2012.
How not to fire an employee The recent decision in Drake v. Blach in the Ontario Superior Court provides a good example of how not to go about firing an employee. (In PDF) Charity runs afoul of Canada Revenue Agency Deciding to retain a contractor rather than an employee can be the right [...]
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is proposing a risk-based system of regulating pension plans. Essentially, this means improving risk assessment and monitoring, following five principles…
Learning the little bit of information contained herein may very well prevent your organization from litigating a very expensive legal action.
The Ontario Labour Relations Board has provided what some believe to be the most significant legal interpretation yet of workplace harassment and employer reprisal in the context of the recently enacted Bill 168 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The case, Conforti v. Investia Financial Services Inc., 2011, was decided on September 23, 2011.
Historically, Ontario’s employment standards laws have been reviewed and updated frequently to address changes in the workplace. As expected, the provincial government has adopted various changes to employment standards in the last year or so. Understanding and following the Employment Standards Act requires that those affected by changes make the time to read about them and ask questions if something is unclear. In addition, it is your responsibility…
Imagine this: a customer enters your office or store and very quickly suffers an attack of some sort, causing her to break out in hives and have difficulty breathing. Employees remove her from the store, but she’s in such a state that she has to go to the hospital. You later discover that the customer suffers from environmental sensitivities, and unfortunately she had her first major attack at your workplace. Oh, and she claims she can no longer work because of the episode, so she’s suing you for damages and lost wages.