There are many rules and regulations that employers must follow
to ensure workplace safety. The Ministry of Labour has just announced new rules relating to the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the "Act"),
which make it even more important for employers to be aware of and
comply with all of the rules contained within the Act.
Maximum corporate penalties have been increased from $100,000 to
$500,000 for a corporation convicted of an offence under the Act.
Offences include knowingly giving a false statement to the Board or
willfully failing to inform the Board of a material change in
circumstance related to an obligation of the employer within ten
(10) days of the change. A new offence has also been created: it is
now an offence for employers to prevent their employees from
reporting their workplace injury or illness to the Board.
Various other changes include a change in the calculation of
survivor benefits, and a new requirement that the WSIB appoint a
Fair Practices Commissioner who will act as an ombudsman of the
Given these new updates to the Act, employers should make sure
to understand all of the requirements they face regarding workplace
safety. Safety is a priority and the penalties for breaking the
rules have just gotten higher.
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