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Published on: 5 Mar 2021 By

What to expect from OHSA inspectors in the age of COVID-19

Employers beware, the Ontario government announced Wednesday, March 3, 2021, that it has hired over 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors, bringing the total number of inspectors to more than 500—the largest number in Ontario’s history.  The new inspectors will be fully tr…

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Published on: 26 Jan 2021 By

Will mandatory vaccination policies be enforceable in unionized workplaces?

Employers across the world are discussing the risks and merits of imposing mandatory vaccination policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is still no certainty about the enforceability of these policies, decisions from labour arbitrators give us some idea of the principles …

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Published on: 22 Jan 2021 By

Can employers require COVID-19 vaccinations?

COVID-19 may have brought Canadians together in many ways, but a number of issues surrounding the pandemic have proven to be divisive on some level. Masking policies, stay at home orders, the forced shut down of many businesses, government compensation schemes or the lack thereof, testing ra…

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Published on: 15 Jan 2021 By

Employers should brace themselves for more workplace inspections

The Ontario Minister of Labour has announced that it will be increasing workplace inspections to ensure employers are operating safely as part of its Stay Safe All Day campaign to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  What sectors will be most affected? The campaign is said to focus on workplaces …

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Published on: 4 Jan 2021 By

2021: COVID-19 is still here and employers must remain vigilant

2020 was quite the year for all of us, including employers. As COVID-19 walloped the globe, many businesses were forced to temporarily close due to regional or provincewide lockdowns.  Many are wondering what is in store for 2021. Ultimately, no one knows, but with vaccines starting to be ro…

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Published on: 24 Nov 2020 By

No protection for employers under the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Ontario government enacted the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 (the “Act”). As discussed by my colleague Anna Stoll in COVID-19 and limiting liability, the Act retroactively limits civil liability for the transmission and/or contraction of COVID-19 i…

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Published on: 23 Nov 2020 By

Conducting workplace investigations COVID-style

As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on in Canada, it is becoming apparent that virtual workplace investigations may be here to stay for longer than we anticipated and most likely permanently. For many workplace investigators, virtually investigating was a new way of doing things and with nearly…

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Published on: 17 Nov 2020 By

Employers: Supreme Court of Canada weighs in on discrimination, bonus entitlements

It has been some time since the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) last addressed employment-law related issues, but it recently issued two noteworthy decisions that may be relevant to employers. In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28, the SCC arguably set the bar lower for employe…

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Published on: 13 Nov 2020 By

Fines of over $120,000 imposed for serial violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Not ensuring a safe workplace can be a costly mistake as one London, Ontario rebar fabricator recently found out.  During the summer of 2018, a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Inspector issued 18 orders to AGF Rebar Inc. (“AGF”) requiring that certain machinery inside its…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses

Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…

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