On November 14, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures) 2017. The omnibus Bill proposes to amend 45 separate statutes. On November 30, 2017, the Bill passed second reading and is now before the standing committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Most notably from the standpoint of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Schedule 30 of the Bill seeks to implement, among other smaller amendments, often discussed and long awaited changes to the allowable maximum fines under the OHSA. Under section 66, the OHSA currently provides for a maximum fine upon conviction … Continue Reading
On October 31, 2016, the Québec Superior Court issued its decision in R v. Fournier, concluding that a business owner’s breach of occupational health and safety legislation supports his committal to trial on a charge of manslaughter under the Criminal Code.
The circumstances leading to this decision began on April 3, 2012, when a worker replacing a sewer line in a trench died due to the collapse of the trench walls.
Mr. Fournier, the owner of the business employing the worker, was personally charged and committed to trial for (1) criminal negligence causing death under section 220(b) of … Continue Reading
Navigating the complexities of workplace harassment is a challenging process for employers. It often requires the allocation of considerable time and resources to investigate complaints and has the potential to result in significant costs to an organization if it is required to defend its actions or response to litigation.
With the changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) under Bill 132 that come into effect on September 8, 2016, workplace harassment will continue to be a top priority for employers.
What has changed with Bill 132?
- As we have outlined in a previous post, Bill 132 expands
My colleagues Tim Lawson and Justine Lindner recently drafted an important article titled, “Lessons from Germanwings: Identifying and Managing Mental Illness in the Workplace.” For those not familiar, a flight by Germanwings from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in the French Alps. Evidence was released showing that the co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane. Then, more information came to light that suggested the co-pilot suffered from a mental illness and that he may have not been fit to fly.
As many human resources professionals already understand, identifying and accommodating mental illness is extremely difficult to manage in the workplace. The … Continue Reading