What’s New – Issue #66
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Additional Protections Extended To Precarious And Foreign Workers
Starting November 20, 2015, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 has been amended to allow individuals who are hired through a temporary help agency to recover unpaid wages from both the agency and the agency’s client-business, where the agency has not paid wages. The Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 is also being extended to foreign nationals who are employed or seeking employment in Ontario through an immigration or foreign temporary employee program.
Safe At Work Ontario Consultations
Since 2008, the Ministry of Labour has met with the public to obtain feedback on how to improve its enforcement efforts. From late November 2015 to January 2016, the ministry will again hold consultations across the GTA and in the regions to discuss enforcement results, future enforcement strategies, and how the system can focus on reducing occupational illness and injury.
Blitz Results: Struck By Hazards
In May and June 2015, the Ministry of Labour conducted a blitz at construction sites across Ontario. Its inspectors focused on the hazards of working around vehicles and large pieces of mobile equipment, including being struck by them. Learn what the ministry found.
Blitz Results: Precarious Employment And Temporary Foreign Workers
From May 1 to July 31, 2015, Ministry of Labour employment standards officers conducted two simultaneous blitzes, focusing on new, young and vulnerable workers engaged in precarious employment and temporary foreign workers engaged in all types of employment arrangements. Learn what they found.
It’s that time of the year: runny nose, nagging cough, annoying headache. But, it’s also the time of year when the symptoms could be much more serious. From October to May, thousands of workers in Ontario become sick with flu viruses. Learn how to protect workers from the flu.
Hazard Alert: Unguarded Rotating Trolley Track Hoist
Workers have been known to suffer injuries while operating portable trolley track (roofing) hoists, which are used to raise roofing materials onto flat rooftops. Typically, these hoists are not guarded or fenced to prevent the worker from accessing certain hazardous areas.
Learn more about your workplace rights: Ontario.ca/workplacerights