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Ontario’s New Mandatory OHS Awareness Training: What’s Required and How to Comply?

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The regulation enabling Ontario’s new mandatory OHS awareness and training scheme went live on Friday, November 22, 2013.  Ontario Regulation No. 297/13 (Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training) (the “Regulation”) requires employers covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) to ensure that all workers and supervisors complete a basic OHS awareness training…

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2014 Managing the Workplace Seminar Series: Save The Date

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Heenan Blaikie’s Ontario Labour and Employment Group is pleased to announce its 2014 Managing the Workplace seminar series. In 2014, we will be hosting 11 breakfast seminars on a broad range of labour and employment issues. All seminars are complimentary for clients and friends of the firm. Registration will be available online at managingtheworkplace.com soon.

Federal Sector Update Seminar: November 21, 2013

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Since 2011, the Federal Government has taken an increasingly interventionist approach to labour relations, leaving the collective bargaining process on life-support. Examples include the legislated return to work of Canada Post workers and Air Canada’s flight attendants. In our 2013 Federal Sector Update, we will take the pulse of the federal labour movement to gauge…

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SCC invalidates Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act

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By: Daniel Mayer and Christopher Pigott Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62 unanimously held that Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) unduly restricted a union’s right to freedom of expression during the course of a lawful strike,…

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Attention Shoppers: Employment Standards Audits Target the Retail Sector

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced a push to conduct audits of retailers, including grocery stores, gas stations, and shopping malls, between October and December 2013 for compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). In particular, the audits will focus on compliance with: Public Holiday Pay Overtime Pay Hours of Work Vacation Pay…

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