Two weeks ago, we reported on the Ontario Government’s introduction of Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, which contained several amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario) (“OHSA“). On December 14, 2017, the Bill received Royal Assent and came into force that same day.
Under the new law, the maximum fines per conviction under OHSA are now $1.5 million for corporations and $100,000 for individuals. Individuals may also be subject to up to 12 months of jail time. In addition, Ministry of Labour prosecutors will now have greater flexibility in the number … Continue Reading
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
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?
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- As we have outlined in a previous post, Bill 132 expands