Courts across Canada have been imposing record high fines and sending business owners, managers and supervisors to jail for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) contraventions. The Courts have also made it clear that it will be appropriate in some cases to impose a fine which has the effect of bankrupting an employer. A Court has also held that the Ministry of Labour itself could be liable to accident victims for damages resulting from negligent inspections.
Several changes to pensions, employment standards, health and safety, payroll and other HR law requirements are coming into force January 1, 2014 or later. Below you will find brief summaries, listed by jurisdiction, of some of the important changes employers need to know about and prepare for: