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Slaw: Ontario’s Ministry of Labour targets employers using unpaid internships

From April to June 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Labour is conducting an employment standards inspection blitz targeting organizations that employ unpaid interns. The goal is to ensure worker rights are protected and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities.

 

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Slaw: Superior court of justice certifies a class action for wrongful dismissal against IQT

On January 2, 2014 Justice Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class proceeding by 527 wrongfully terminated employees led by Bob Brigaitis and Cindy Rupert against their now bankrupt employer, IQT Solutions and the officers, directors, shareholders…

 

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Class action certified in Elliot Lake mall roof collapse: Claim of negligent inspection against MOL

On February 13, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Quinte v. Eastwood Mall and certified a class action against the owners of the Mall, the City of Elliot Lake and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The action was brought by two business owners in the Mall.

 

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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the web access code to file information returns; Alberta’s new salary and severance disclosure; and Ontario’s new safety training standard for working at heights.

 

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Ontario imposes mandatory occupational health and safety training for workers and supervisors

Ontario Regulation 297/13, Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will explicitly require that workers and supervisors receive basic occupational health and safety training as of July 1, 2014.  The Ministry of Labour initiative to impose mandatory basic OHSA training for workers and supervisors arises out of a recommendation made by an advisory panel which the Ontario government appointed in the aftermath of a tragic scaffolding accident that claimed the lives of four workers in 2009.

 

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Mandatory awareness training for Ontario workers and supervisors as of July 2014!

Christmas has come early for health and safety professionals in Ontario, with the gift of a new law, Regulation 297/13 added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and filed on November 14, 2013. The regulation is the first of its kind in Canada and mandates that all workers and supervisors must complete basic health and safety awareness training.

 

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Ontario Ministry of Labour announces safety blitz on recycling and waste hazards

The Ministry of Labour has announced that its latest health and safety blitz will focus on hazards associated with recycling and waste management in the industrial and health care sectors. This blitz is part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and increase compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

 

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Ontario Ministry of Labour blitz of the retail industry – Are you ESA compliant?

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced a blitz of the retail industry for compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The blitz will run from October through to December 2013.

 

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Increased enforcement of occupational health and safety coming to an Ontario worksite near you

The safety of workers is governed by the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Ontario Ministry of Labour is responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of that Act by employers in the province. The Ministry’s activities have increased dramatically in the last two years with the hiring of 42 new inspectors. This has resulted in…

 

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The legality of unpaid internships in Ontario

young people holding up letters to spell "internships"

We’re pleased to present lawyer Andrew Langille of Youth and Work on what the law in Ontario says about unpaid internships. Here, Andrew focuses on the impact of unpaid internships on interns themselves, but organizations and businesses that use or hope to use unpaid interns must pay attention. It is crucial to know whether your intern is legally an intern (and therefore not subject to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act), or actually an employee. And the answer might surprise you.

 

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What’s wrong with this picture? Settlement excludes amount of vacation pay owing

In Ontario, employers owe vacation pay on employee wages. Wages are defined in section 1 of the Employment Standards Act to include “any payment required to be made by an employer to an employee.” Here is where it gets tricky. In Ontario, the employment standards may require two separate types of payments to an employee who is terminated without cause.

 

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Internships and the law

You might have heard or read something in the past few months about internships—their status with respect to employment standards and whether it’s even legal to employ such workers without paying them. It’s no small issue. Many organizations rely on unpaid interns to do work for which they can’t afford to hire an employee proper…

 

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The offices of the worker and employer advisers: potential changes on the way

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has recently proposed a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that would prescribe certain functions of the Office of the Worker Adviser and the Office of the Employer Adviser in regard to worker complaints of reprisals by employers under section 50 of the Act. What does it really mean?

 

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Slaw: Reporting of critical injury or fatality of a non-worker: The Blue Mountain case

A guest drowns in the hotel pool. Does the hotel need to report the fatality to the Ontario Ministry of Labour under subsection 51(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act? According to a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the answer is “yes”. On May 18, 2011, the Divisional Court…

 

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Bill 168, workplace violence and harassment provisions in OHSA – A year in review – Learn the latest

Nearly one year ago, the Ontario government enacted Bill 168, which added workplace violence and harassment provisions to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Many employers were ready, but many are still scrambling to comply, which, among other things, includes developing written policies to address both violence and harassment at work and to review those policies at least once a year.

 

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