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Jun 15, 2017

By Mike MacLellan

Heads Up! Quebec Court Rules that Sikh Workers’ Human Rights were Not Violated by Mandatory Hard Hat Policy

Quebec Superior Court Justice André Prévost recently dismissed a claim by three Sikh men against their respective employers for refus...

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May 18, 2017

By Karen Fields

Ontario Government Releases its “Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care” Report

On August 20, 2015, we reported on the Ontario Government’s intention to elevate violence prevention for health care workers.  On May ...

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Mar 31, 2017

By Karen Fields

April 1st Deadline for Working at Heights Training Requirements for Construction Projects Extended - for some

April 1, 2017 is the deadline date for workers to be trained on the working at heights (WAH) training requirements as set out in the Occupational H...

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Mar 30, 2017

By Andrew Cogswell

Slow and Steady, Crown wasn’t Ready – OHSA Charges Stayed Due to Delay

In July of 2016 the Supreme Court of Canada revamped the framework around an accused person’s right to a speedy trial in the case R v. Jordan...

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Mar 16, 2017

By Karen Fields

Occupational Health and Safety Updates

Critical Injury Clarified Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), there are obligations to report injuries that occur in...

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Feb 2, 2017

By Mike MacLellan

Unsafe Electrician Shocked when Court of Appeal Upheld his “For Cause” Termination

The Ontario Court of Appeal has thankfully upheld the termination for just cause of one Jerzy Wasinski, in a decision that should encourage employe...

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Dec 15, 2016

By Rob Boswell

Live Nation: Corporate Defendant Charged under OHSA Has Right to be Tried within Reasonable Time

On June 16, 2012 a stage constructed for a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park collapsed.  Thirty-three year old drum technician Scott Johnson...

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Nov 3, 2016

By Karen Fields

Digging Deep – Vale Canada Limited fined $1 Million for OHSA violations

As most are aware, fines being levied under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) have been on the increase for convictions....

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Aug 25, 2016

By Angela Wiggins

A Cautionary Tweet: Employer Customer Service Accounts must not encourage harassment or a toxic work environment

A recently released decision on a grievance originally filed by the Amalgamated Transit Union against the Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC&rd...

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Aug 18, 2016

By Andrew Cogswell

Sweeping New Requirements for Employers to Tackle Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment

On September 8, 2016 the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will be amended to bolster an employers obligations with respect to harassment p...

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Jul 13, 2016

By Brian Silva

What’s the Hold-Up? Supreme Court of Canada Revamps Right to Speedy Trial

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has released a game-changing decision that overturns a line of case law more than 30 years in the m...

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May 19, 2016

By Angela Wiggins

Control or No Control? That is the question for Federal Employers and Health and Safety Inspections

Federal Employers should be aware that the Federal Court has limited the scope of what constitutes a “workplace” for the purpose of he...

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Nov 11, 2015

By Andrew Cogswell

“It’s Never Okay” – Ontario’s Legislative Crackdown on Sexual Violence and Harassment Passes First Reading

In March of this year the Ontario government published a 40 page Action Plan to combat sexual violence and harassment in both our workplaces and co...

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Sep 10, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

Workplace Violence – The Risks Are Real, The Results Are Tragic

No doubt you heard, read or were emailed about the horrific incident of workplace violence that took place in Virginia just two weeks ago.  Tr...

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Jun 29, 2015

By Karen Fields

Project Manager convicted of Criminal Negligence in Workplace Fatalities

On December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies on the 13th floor of an apartment building in Toronto.  Onl...

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May 14, 2015

By Karen Fields

SCC Confirms High Crown Disclosure Obligations

When charged with an Occupational Health and Safety Act violation, you need to be provided with complete Crown disclosure before you can decide whe...

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Mar 27, 2015

By Karen Fields

Working at Heights Training Standard - April 1, 2015

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) has the authority to establish standards for training progra...

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Mar 19, 2015

By Andrew Cogswell

“It’s Never Okay” - Ontario Government takes firm stance to end sexual harassment and violence

In Ontario, all employers must take steps to prevent and react to harassment and violence in the workplace. Part III.0.1 of the Occupational Health...

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