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Ministry of Labour inspections

The Ministry of Labour has been busy implementing its Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces Strategy. Introduced by the previous Wynne government, the initiative has focused on small Ontario industrial businesses. A small business is one with fewer than 50 workers.

 

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5 Key Changes to Newfoundland & Labrador’s OHS Workplace Violence & Harassment Prevention obligations effective January 1, 2020

Violence and harassment is an unfortunate reality of society – and of the workplace. Since April 1, 2019 (when New Brunswick’s new workplace anti-violence and harassment regulations took effect) every Canadian province and territory has an occupational health and safety regulatory scheme dealing specifically with workplace violence.

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal says “moral blameworthiness” a factor in sentencing for Occupational Health and Safety Act offences

In the recent decision in Ontario (Labour) v New Mex Canada Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal found that it may be appropriate to impose harsher sentences for offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act where offenders’ conduct shows elevated “moral blameworthiness”.

 

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Failing to abide by confidentiality provisions in a settlement agreement can cost you your settlement payment

The recent decision of an arbitrator in the matter between Acadia University and Acadia University Faculty Association (Re Dr. Rick Mehta), 2019 CarswellOnt 8518 (Lab Arb) emphasizes the importance of abiding by a confidentiality provision in a settlement agreement.

 

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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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Immigration consequences of Canadian criminal offences

When criminal lawyers represent their clients, they may not always consider the immigration implications of the case. However, unless their client is a Canadian citizen, many criminal offences will have potentially adverse consequences. A brief discussion of immigration consequences arising from Canadian criminal offences is provided below.

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal confirms that directors may be held personally liable for injuries sustained in a workplace incident

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently revisited the question of directors’ personal liability for injuries sustained in a workplace incident.

 

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2019 Ontario Employment Law Conference: #LearntheLatest about continuing changes to employment law

Learn the Latest at the Ontario Employment Law Conference

Early-bird registration is now open – reserve your seats before March 31st to be eligible.

 

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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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Never too late: Court rejects employee’s attempt to avoid liability for theft

The case discussed in this article is both an encouraging sign for employers who are victims of employee theft, as well as a warning.

 

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5 questions regarding PIPEDA’s mandatory breach reporting – What human resources professionals need to know

This blog answers 5 key questions employers have with respect to the new mandatory breach reporting requirements under PIPEDA.

 

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No smoking and no vaping signs required to be posted under Ontario’s smoke and vape-free legislation

The Ontario government has now made available information on the no smoking or no vaping signs required to be posted by employers and others on its website. There are three types of posting requirements under the smoke- and vape-free law, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 and its accompanying regulation, Ontario Regulation 268/18.

 

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Q&A: Sharing liability of workplace parties for OHS violations

Is liability always charged independently to the employer (company) and supervisors or co-worker? Are each solely responsible for the charge? Can liability be passed on to the employer or is it the sole responsibility of the supervisor/co-worker to pay?

 

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds workers’ compensation order against site owner

The decision in this case is an important reminder about an owner’s worksite safety obligations. Owners must ensure the health and safety of their own employees, as well as the employees of other contractors on site.

 

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The 9 top workplace posting requirements every Ontario employer must know – with the latest requirements

Employers in Ontario have to post a lot more than just the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Poster in their workplaces. You may be required to have 30 or more documents and posters displayed in a location (or locations) where all your employees can see them. Employers may have posting responsibilities under the following Acts: […]

 

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