News

As part of our mandate to showcase and promote the services of our members, to speak on their behalf whenever required, and keep our partners current with related issues, the following is an active archive of press releases and relevant news articles. If our members have articles they believe would be of benefit to a wider audience, please contact us and we'll include it here.

Posted:
Jan 13
2014

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation: Supporting Healthy and Safe Workplaces

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act(OHSA) is the new regulation that requires employers to make sure workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. Besides these new requirements, employers continue to have on-going duties under the OHSA to inform workers […]

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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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Posted:
Nov 29
2013

Quick Ministry of Labour Prevention Office Update for Stakeholders on New Mandatory OHS Awareness Training

Ministry of Labour‘s Prevention Office Communiqué to Stakeholders: NEW Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training On November 15 the new Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O.Reg.297/13) was announced. This regulation will come into force on July 1, 2014. The regulation lays out mandatory training for workers and supervisors, and Requires that […]

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Posted:
Nov 27
2013

Help Wanted: Ensuring legally compliant recruitment, hiring and promotion – Lancaster House Audio Conference – Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST  In their pursuit of information to find the best person for the job, employers can run afoul of human rights and privacy laws, even with well-meaning questions and tests. In unionized workplaces, provisions in collective agreements may require employers to adhere to additional standards when […]

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Posted:
Nov 25
2013

Being in good company; The secret to being a great employer? Engaging employees

In 25 years working in the Guelph office of insurance company the Co-operators Group, Jane O’Leary has worked her way up. She started out in the marketing area, moved to the data centre and now she is part of a two-person team that supports senior management in planning projects and allocating resources. The opportunity to […]

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Posted:
Nov 25
2013

Wood Innovation and Design Centre under construction

In downtown Prince George, B.C., work is under way on the tallest contemporary all-wood building in North America Over 29 metres high and 4,600 square metres, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre will use 1,846 cubic metres of wood and wood engineered products manufactured in B.C. These include glulam columns and beams, cross-laminated timber and […]

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