Posts written in : December 2013

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Posted:
Dec 19
2013

Corporate Criminal Liability for Workplace Safety: The Duty to Take “Reasonable Steps” to Ensure Workplace Safety

by Linda Galessiere Partner McLean Kerr The Occupational Health and Safety Act has long imposed obligations on employers to maintain a safe work environment. Less well known, however are the provisions of the Criminal Code which impose criminal liability on corporations and their representatives for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to […]

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Posted:
Dec 19
2013

Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel Releases Recommendations

In September, Premier Wynne established the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel to advise the government  on ways to finance the remaining projects in Metrolinx’s Big Move transit plan, which is intended to reduce gridlock in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area). The Panel – chaired by Anne Golden – recently released their report which […]

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Posted:
Dec 6
2013

Bill 146 Proposes Crack Down on Temporary Agencies and Limits Freedom of Choice for Construction Workers

Ryan Conlin & Jeremy Schwartz The Ontario Government has proposed legislation which would dramatically alter the legal landscape with respect to the obligations of employers when they use temporary agency workers.  Bill 146 also broadens the definition of “worker” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, broadens the notification requirements for employers who hire foreign workers and makes […]

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Posted:
Dec 5
2013

OLRB December Highlights

NOTICE TO COMMUNITY Please be advised that the Ontario Labour Relations Board will neither schedule nor hold hearings between December 23, 2013 and January 3, 2014 inclusive. Matters of an urgent nature, however, may be scheduled on an expedited basis as determined by the Board, during this period. Applications will be processed in the usual […]

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Posted:
Dec 4
2013

Ontario Public Affairs Update – New Labour Legislation Introduced Today

Labour Legislation Includes Proposed Changes to Open Period  Today, Ontario Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi introduced new legislation aimed at providing stronger protections for workers, called the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. The Bill proposes: eliminating the $10,000 cap on the recovery of unpaid wages while increasing the period of recovery to two years; […]

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