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Category: Occupational Health and Safety Act

Employer Alert: Change to WSIA as of January 1, 2018

By , January 15, 2018 11:23 pm

As of January 1, 2018, an employee can claim workers compensation benefits for chronic or traumatic mental stress that is predominantly caused by workplace harassment In May 2014 I blogged about an administrative tribunal case which concluded that subsections 13 (4) and (5) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) were unconstitutional. January 1, Continue Reading…

Due Diligence and Why It’s Important

By , January 15, 2018 11:44 am

Employers have various obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the OHSA”), including the very broad, catch-all duty to take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances to protect workers. When there is a workplace accident, the Ministry of Labour will often charge the employer with violating this general duty. Violations of the OHSA are Continue Reading…

Doug’s Year End Rant

By , December 19, 2017 8:46 am

Earlier this week I concluded that the rule of law no longer applies in many Ontario workplaces. The epiphany hit me when I was meeting with the Managing Director of a boutique law firm. When I use the expression “rule of law” I mean the principle that all people and institutions are subject to and Continue Reading…

Bill 148 – Summary of Changes to the Employment Standards Act and When Each Change is Implemented

By , December 4, 2017 2:24 pm

On November 22, 2017, the Ontario legislature passed the final version of Bill 148- the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Below is a summary of some of the provisions of the Act , their dates of implementation and their impact on employers and employees throughout Ontario. We offer a fixed fee service for employers who need Continue Reading…

#Metoo #Himtoo #Youtoo – Sexual Harassment and Violence at Work

By , October 31, 2017 5:15 pm

Following #metoo, what needs to happen for there to be a positive culture shift? Here are my suggestions for how to reduce sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

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