Last Tuesday, over 100 businesses from across Ontario joined us and the employment law team from Stringer LLP to discuss pressing employment issues like avoiding occupational health and safety penalties, accommodating employees' family status, getting ready for the new Employment Standard, using employment contracts to protect your business, and the perils of employee benefits.
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.
The saga of Ontario (Ministry of Labour) v. JR Contracting Property Services, Lootawan and Haniff case has finally come to its conclusion (at least on the merits). Employers would be well-advised to learn from the case how not to engage with Ministry of Labour inspectors in the aftermath of a workplace accident.
Established in 1995, First Reference Inc. (known as La Référence in Quebec) provides Canadian organizations of any size with practical and authoritative resources to help ensure compliance.