Proper Reporting Procedures for Joint Health & Safety Committee Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, s.9(23), the JHSC must designate a worker member to inspect the workplace. If possible, the worker should be a certified member of the JHSC (i.e., they’ve completed JHSC Part 1 and Part 2 training, […]

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FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in January 2018

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year with the goal of making workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors, and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes […]

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Due December 31st, 2017: Accessibility Compliance Reports

If you are an Ontario business or non-profit with more than 20 employees, or a public sector organization, you must complete an Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31st of this year. If it is not submitted by December 31st, 2017, it will be considered overdue. The purpose of the report is to confirm your organization’s […]

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November 2017 Review: Ministry of Labour Blitz Results

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year that aim to make workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors, and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes and […]

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Prosecutions under the OHSA: Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

While the significant monetary and other penalties associated with breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) are well publicized, substantially less coverage is dedicated to the process by which a Court determines the appropriateness of a penalty for a given defendant. This article discusses the ins and outs of the balancing process engaged […]

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FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in November 2017

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year with the goal of making workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes […]

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Your Legal Options When the MOL has Given you a Ticket, Summons and/or Order

The Ministry of Labour’s (“MOL”) Enforcement division is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) and its regulations. The MOL can visit an employer’s workplace at any time, and has extensive authority to investigate a workplace without any reasonable cause or justification. Most notably, a MOL Inspector has the power to enter and […]

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