The Ontario Ministry of Labour's worker safety orientation
materials should be released in their final version in "late
fall/early winter", and the supervisor materials will be
piloted in the coming months with final release expected in early
2013, says Ontario's Chief Privacy Officer in a recent
As we have mentioned in previous posts, the Ontario government
plans to pass a regulation making worker and supervisor safety
orientation training mandatory in Ontario, using the
government's training materials or equivalent materials. The
regulation has not yet been introduced. It is expected that the
government will give employers lead-time to accomplish the training
before the regulation comes into effect.
We suggest that Ontario employers watch for the final versions
of the Ministry of Labour worker and supervisor training materials,
review them, and begin thinking about whether your company already
provides equivalent safety awareness training and if not, how your
company intends to meet the new training requirements.
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Unfortunately, reasonable accommodation for employees in the workplace continues to be the source of significant litigation and even today we continue to see outrageous examples of employers behaving badly.
We are now beginning to see reported cases involving charges and subsequent fines laid against employers for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to protect a worker from workplace violence.
On October 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal decision which ordered an employer to pay a former employee 37 months of salary and benefits following termination.
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