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Nov 22, 2018

By Susan Crawford

The Tree may not be the only thing “Lit” this Holiday-Season- Navigating the Company Holiday Party in the Era of “Me-Too” and Legalized Marijuana.

Hosting a holiday party is a great way to thank your employees for their hard work and to celebrate your company’s successes in the last year...

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Nov 8, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

The Feds Play Catch-Up: Canada Labour Code to Address Violence and Harassment in the Workplace 9 Years After Ontario’s Bill 168

On October 25, 2018, Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relat...

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Oct 5, 2018

By Karen Fields

18 Month Jail Term for Workplace Fatality – Not the First of Its Kind

In April 2012 a worker working for Fournier Excavation, in Quebec, was buried alive when the walls of the unsupported trench he was working in coll...

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Aug 23, 2018

By Karen Fields

Ouch – Piercing the Corporate Veil to Find Personal Liability in Regulatory Offence

“Piercing the corporate veil” is the judicial act of imposing personal liability on otherwise immune corporate officers, directors, and...

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Feb 2, 2018

By Karen Fields

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds 3.5 year Jail Sentence for Project Manager

On Christmas Eve 2009, a tragic workplace accident occurred, when 5 workers employed by Metron Construction Incorporated fell 13 stories, more than...

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Jan 18, 2018

By Mike MacLellan

It’s an Occupational Hazard: Court of Appeal Orders New Trial Because Employer who was Compliant with Regulations, was still Off-Side the OHSA

Navigating workplace law can be tricky at the best of times.  But imagine being told that just because you weren’t violating certain spe...

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Jan 4, 2018

2017 In Review: A Look Back At The Top Cases And Key Legislative Changes That Impacted Your Workplace

With major legislative amendments made to the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety ...

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Dec 19, 2017

Bill 177 Receives Royal Assent On December 14, 2017 with Immediate Impacts to Employer Obligations Under The OHSA And WSIA

Bill 177- Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act made significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) and to the Workpl...

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Nov 30, 2017

By Susan Crawford

Bill 148 Passes Last Hurdle with Further Significant Amendments Proclaimed into Law

Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017.  This controversial legislation has b...

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Nov 28, 2017

By Rob Boswell

STRONGER, FAIRER ONTARIO ACT? Bill 177 Will Exponentially Increase Maximum Fines under OHSA and Broaden Mental Health Claims under WSIA

BS Good Letterhead (00054227.DOCX;1) On November 14, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Mea...

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Sep 28, 2017

By Susan Crawford

Court of Appeal Overturns Jail Time for Directors on Guilty Plea for OHSA Violations

Karen Fields of CCPartners was recently successful in an appeal on behalf of R. v. New Mex Canada Inc., B. Purba and R. Saini, in which fines from ...

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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

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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