The Ontario Government has introduced a regulation to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that would mandate that employers provide health and safety awareness training to all workers and supervisors effective July 1, 2014.… Continue Reading
The weather is getting colder, the holidays are approaching and flu season is soon to be upon us. That means sick employees forced to miss work. Besides ensuring that productivity does not suffer, employers also need to be cognizant of their legal obligations towards their employees during flu season. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:… Continue Reading
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The MOL targets employers in (as they put it) “sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations and where vulnerable workers are employed.” Thankfully, at least the MOL announces the targeted sector so that employers can prepare. This time, the target is the retail industry.
The “blitz” (as the MOL terms it) will take place from October – December 2013 and will deal with such issues as record keeping, deductions from pay, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, … Continue Reading