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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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Continued Expansion of OHS-Related Workplace Harassment and Bullying Requirements: Policies Required in British Columbia

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By: Cheryl Edwards and Daniel Mayer For readers following the progress of ever-expanding OHS statutory obligations relating to violence and harassment, there is a new development worth note in B.C. Most Canadian jurisdictions have now defined workplace violence as a hazard and set out obligations such as requirements for policies, risk assessments, training and other…

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No Evidence, No Dice: Drug Addiction Self-Assessment Not Enough

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Terminating a unionized employee for substance abuse in the workplace is tricky, considering the duty to accommodate and the traditional mitigating factors arbitrators will consider when determining whether termination is an appropriate response (length of employment, discipline record, remorse, etc). A recent arbitration decision might bring some comfort to employers. In Vale (Manitoba Operations) v….

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