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Employers upcoming responsibilities regarding sexual harassment in Ontario

On March 8, 2016, Ontario Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016, received Royal Assent. Schedule 4, which deals with changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act regarding workplace harassment, comes into force September 8, 2016. The changes will do a few of the following things.

 

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Common sense, health and safety and young workers

A friend of mine told me that she used to believe in common sense until one of her young summer workers put his hand where it wasn’t supposed to go.  Fortunately only a finger was lost and it was able to be re-attached later; but my friend’s philosophical belief in common sense was chopped off forever.

 

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New health and safety measures for the construction industry

On May 13, 2010, the Ontario government announced new measures to increase safety in the construction industry. These measures are a result of past enforcement inspection blitzes at construction worksites.

 

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