Proposed Changes to the OHSA: The more things change, the more they stay the same?
Laws intended to change social behaviour are sometimes referred to as “social engineering” legislation. The obvious example is the Human Rights Code, which prohibits discrimination on protected grounds and requires employers to accommodate many of the personal challenges employees face. Som…View the post titled Proposed Changes to the OHSA: The more things change, the more they stay the same?
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Consulting Regarding New System for Calculating Employer Premiums
Most employers in Ontario are subject to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”), with the majority of those employers falling under Schedule 1 of the legislation. For Schedule 1 employers, contact with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (the “WSIB”) generally occurs only a…View the post titled Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Consulting Regarding New System for Calculating Employer Premiums
Understanding Litigation Guardians
Lawyers present legal options to their clients, advise them of their best options, and receive instructions on how to proceed. The foundational principle is that the client remains in control of their proceeding. However, when a client is incapable of providing instructions, and therefore in…View the post titled Understanding Litigation Guardians
Battling climate change through the Montreal Protocol
Of late, all eyes have been on Paris, which will host the upcoming Conference of the Parties (“COP”) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCC”) (and, since last Friday, for other tragic reasons). However, earlier this month, an important development …View the post titled Battling climate change through the Montreal Protocol
Siskinds congratulates Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s next Environmental Commissioner
The environmental law team at Siskinds LLP wishes Dianne every success in her new role as the Environmental Commissioner for Ontario. Dianne will be sworn in and officially take office on November 26, 2015. Not long after, she will be attending the annual climate change conference (COP21) he…View the post titled Siskinds congratulates Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s next Environmental Commissioner
Thank you and goodbye
After twenty-five very good years, we are wrapping up the Saxe Law Office. Today concludes Dianne’s association with the website and blog here at envirolaw.com. Thank you to my excellent staff, clients and colleagues for all your help, encouragement and challenging opportunities. As of…View the post titled Thank you and goodbye
No Jeans or Shorts in the Workplace? No Way.
When an employer attempted to institute a formal dress code requiring its staff to wear business casual attire and prohibiting jeans and shorts in the workplace, the union filed a policy grievance. The employer, the British Columbia Assessment Authority, conducts real property assessments an…View the post titled No Jeans or Shorts in the Workplace? No Way.
Why buy a contaminated site, then sue?
I continue to be amazed by the number of people who knowingly (or carelessly) buy a contaminated site, wrongly assuming that they will have an automatic right to successfully sue a neighbour for the cost of cleanup. What advice are they getting from the real estate and litigation bar? I can&…View the post titled Why buy a contaminated site, then sue?
New environmental laws in Ontario
It was a big week for new environmental laws in Ontario. Last week, on November 3, a trio of environmental laws–each of which has suffered a tortured history of introduction, death, and re-incarnation–finally received royal assent and came into effect: the Great Lakes Protection…View the post titled New environmental laws in Ontario
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