May 12, 2012

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Expanded Coverage in the Construction Industry

Effective January 1, 2013, Compulsory coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) is expanding to include independent operators, sole proprietors, partners and executive officers in the construction industry, who will be considered “deemed workers” under the Act, with certain exceptions. Clearance Certificates The principal responsible for retaining a contractor or subcontractor to…

January 1, 2012

New Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Employers of Persons With a Disability

Effective January 1, 2012, the Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) requires all employers to identify employees who may need individualized emergency response information due to a disability that requires accommodation. Once such employees have been identified, the employer must: provide individualized emergency response information that takes into account the employees’ limitations; obtain the…

November 12, 2011

Employee’s Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

In R. v. Cole1, Ontario Court of Appeal recently rendered a decision that addresses an employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy related to the use of technology on employer owned equipment. In this case, the accused was a high school teacher who was provided with a laptop computer to be used in teaching a technology course…

November 4, 2011

Bill 160 – A Framework for Change to Occupational Health and Safety

Bill 160, An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011. The amendments implement a number of recommendations made to the Minister of Labour in a report prepared by an Expert Advisory Panel (the “Dean Report”) following an accident…

October 12, 2011

Managing Excessive Absenteeism Through an Attendance Management Program

Excessive absenteeism is a challenge that all employers must face from time to time. Indeed, the consequences of not doing so, or doing so inappropriately, can be significant. Excessive absenteeism decreases productivity and revenue and, when unjustifiable, hurts the morale of dedicated workers and creates a culture of tolerated idleness among undedicated employees. On a…

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