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…Continue reading the post titled Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Consulting Regarding New System for Calculating Employer Premiums
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 …Continue reading the post titled Battling climate change through the Montreal Protocol
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…Continue reading 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&…Continue reading the post titled Why buy a contaminated site, then sue?
Neonic pesticides: Bee protection regulation upheld
An Ontario Superior Court has upheld provincial regulation to dramatically reduce the number of acres planted with corn and soybean seeds coated with a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids or neonics, which are toxic to bees and other essential pollinators. In Grain Farmers of Ontario…Continue reading the post titled Neonic pesticides: Bee protection regulation upheld
Unionized Employee Dismissed from Hydro One for Off-Duty Conduct Reinstated to His Former Position
Last summer a significant amount of media attention was focused on employees being terminated for actions that occurred outside of working hours. One of the most notorious cases involved a unionized Hydro One employee who was dismissed for making vulgar and sexist comments to a television ne…Continue reading the post titled Unionized Employee Dismissed from Hydro One for Off-Duty Conduct Reinstated to His Former Position
Tribunal keeps upholding wind approvals
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal keeps upholding wind projects, despite opponents’ arguments that annoyance about wind turbines ought to be considered an adverse health effect. In Dingeldein v. Ontario (Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), 2015 CarswellO…Continue reading the post titled Tribunal keeps upholding wind approvals
Dust in the wind: big fine for blowing tailings dust
The recent conviction of Unimin Canada Ltd (R v Unimin Canada Ltd, 2015 CarswellOnt 11640) underscores again the potential regulatory costs of failing to take appropriate preventative measures to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act, RSO 1990, c E.19 (“EPA”)&…Continue reading the post titled Dust in the wind: big fine for blowing tailings dust
NEB updating pipeline damage prevention framework, seeking comments
The National Energy Board (“NEB”) is currently seeking comments on its proposed approach to damage prevention for oil pipelines. Anyone interested in commenting has until November 13, 2015 to do so. The Pipeline Safety Act, SC 2015, c.21, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015, b…Continue reading the post titled NEB updating pipeline damage prevention framework, seeking comments
Do employers have to allow their employees to work from home to breastfeed? Flatt v. Treasury Board (Department of Industry)
A female employee with the Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management Operations Branch filed a grievance alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of sex and family status when her employer failed to accommodate her request to work five days a week from home so she could continue …Continue reading the post titled Do employers have to allow their employees to work from home to breastfeed? Flatt v. Treasury Board (Department of Industry)