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Impending Federal Regulations On Workplace Violence And Harassment
New workplace harassment and violence rules will apply to Federally Regulated Employers.
21 May 2019
Preparing For The Legalization Of Recreational Cannabis In Canada: What Employers Should Know
After a number of stops and starts, the recreational use of cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. On that date, the federal government's
9 Oct 2018
Ontario Businesses Prepare For Major Changes To Employment And Labour Legislation
Businesses in Ontario need to plan now to address the budgeting, scheduling and operational impact of significant changes to the Employment Standard Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the LRA)
1 Dec 2017
Government Report Indicates Potential Overhaul Of Ontario Labour And Employment Landscape
Ontario employers may soon face significant changes to workplace laws. That is the main conclusion that can be drawn from the recently released Changing Workplaces Review...
15 Sep 2016
Guidelines For Employers Issued By Ontario Government As New Workplace Harassment Rules Take Effect
With the September 8 deadline for the new workplace harassment rules in Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA) becoming law quickly approaching...
6 Sep 2016
Drug Testing Policies In The Wake Of Irving – Addressing Legitimate Safety Concerns
Employers are increasingly looking to drug and alcohol testing to address workplace safety risks while employees and unions continue to challenge such testing on the basis of privacy concerns.
21 Jun 2016
Metron Construction Project Manager Sentenced To 3½ Years In Prison
In December 2009, Metron Construction Corporation (Metron) was repairing exterior balconies on the 14th floor of a high-rise apartment building in Toronto.
9 Mar 2016
Ontario Government To Ramp Up Harassment Investigation Obligations
Risk management savvy employers are preparing for the mandatory harassment investigations that the Ontario Government intends to impose on all Ontario employers.
13 Dec 2015
Worker Fatality Leads To Fine And Jail Sentences
An Ontario company was recently fined $250,000 and two of its directors were each ordered to serve 25 days in jail as a result of a workplace fatality.
23 Jan 2015
Less Than A Month To Go: Top Six Tips On Mandatory Occupational Health And Safety Training In Ontario
Effective July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario will be required to ensure that all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.
6 Jun 2014
Court Decision Emphasizes The Importance Of A Preventive System In Discharging Environmental And Health And Safety Obligations
In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Justice convicted Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. and 1367229 Ontario Inc., and their directors, Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov, of multiple offences under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
23 Sep 2013
Ontario Employers Need To Revisit Crisis Management Procedures In Light Of Court Of Appeal Ruling
Employers should update their Crisis Management procedures and related training because the Court of Appeal has ruled that any critical injury at a workplace, whether suffered by a customer, visitor, or another employee, may give rise to immediate reporting and evidence preservation obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
25 Feb 2013
Safety Inspection Blitzes For Industrial And Construction Sectors
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that inspectors will be conducting safety inspection blitzes, targetting the industrial and construction sector.
7 Feb 2013
Accessibility Legislation In Canada - Additional Requirements Under The AODA And Proposed Accessibility Legislation In Manitoba
We have been following the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA) and watching for related developments in other provinces.
5 Oct 2012
Supreme Court Of British Columbia Issues Injunction Restraining Exploration Activities Authorized By Provincial Permits
On December 2, 2011, the Supreme Court of British Columbia awarded Marilyn Baptiste, on her own behalf and on behalf of the members of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government and the Tsilhqot’in Nation, an interim injunction restraining Taseko Mines Limited from carrying out exploration work authorized by two provincial permits.
6 Feb 2012
Environmental Review Tribunal Confirms The Liability Of Current And Former Directors For Clean-Up Orders
In its recent decision in Currie v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (Currie) issued on June 7, 2011, the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has applied its reasoning in its Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes v. Director, Ministry of Environment decision issued on November 20, 2009 (Kawartha Lakes) to hold corporate directors personally liable to clean up a contaminated site.
29 Jul 2011
Divisional Court Rules That Consideration Of Ministry Statement Of Environmental Values Requires Balancing Of Principles
In a unanimous three judge decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) dismissed the application for judicial review of the applicant, Hanna, in Ian Hanna v. Attorney General for Ontario.
12 Apr 2011
Berendsen Appeal To Supreme Court Discontinued
The Supreme Court of Canada website has recently posted that the Berendsen appeal (from the Ontario Court of Appeal) has been discontinued.
10 Feb 2011
Further Certainty on the Duty to Consult and a Tribunal’s Role in Assessing Adequacy of Consultation
On October 28, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, which confirms that prior and continuing impacts on Aboriginal rights, including prior failures to consult, will only trigger a duty to consult if the present decision has the potential to cause a novel adverse impact on a present claim or existing right.
3 Nov 2010
Appeal Court Overturns Trial Decision In Berendsen, Confirming Foreseeability Required For Historic Contamination Lawsuit
In its much anticipated decision in Berendsen v. Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal has granted the province’s appeal from a trial decision awarding the plaintiff $2.4M in damages and prejudgment interest for historic property contamination.
16 Dec 2009
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