This Bill is intended to help safeguard employees and create fairer and better workplaces, with a landmark package of measures
Changes to the Employment Standards Act:
Provisions that come into effect on December 3, 2017, include:
The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to expand the application of the section 14 entitlement to benefits. The purpose of the bill is to clarify which workers are eligible for benefits once diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Entitlement for posttraumatic stress disorder includes: nurses, health care workers providing close assistance to first responders, and workers other than police officers who provide police services or support the work of persons who provide police services.
This Bill is now incorporated into Bill 148 which is now in force.
This Private Member's Bill would amend the Highway Traffic Act to impose additional consequences on a driver who seriously injures or kills a pedestrian, a cyclist, a mobility device user, a roadway worker, an emergency responder outside his or her motor vehicle or another individual listed in the Bill, by breaking one of the rules of the road.
The Bill enacts Nick's Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017, which requires the Government of Ontario to allocate at least 10 per cent of the Bulk Media Buy Program toward marketing campaigns that aim to raise awareness regarding the risk of prescription opioid abuse and regarding the risks associated with fentanyl abuse.
Under this act Opioid Awareness Campaigns should:
A new section (25) is added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that provides that an employer shall not require a worker to wear footwear with an elevated heel unless it is required for the worker to perform his or her work safely. Excemption: this prohibition is made for employers of performers in the entertainment and advertising industry.
The purpose of this Bill is to regulate the use and distribution of recreational cannabis once legalized by the federal government.
Schedule 30 of this Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Require an employer to notify a Director under the Act if a committee or a health and safety representative has identified potential structural inadequacies of a workplace as a source of danger or hazard to workers.
This Ontario Private Members Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The provisions of the Act protecting workers against reprisals are amended to include protections against reprisals against workers who speak out about workplace violence and workplace harassment. The amendments provide that a reprisal is any measure taken against a worker that adversely affects the worker’s employment.
The amendments include the following:
The Act establishes requirements relating to the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees. The legislature was prorogued on March 19, meaning that all outstanding Bills including Bill 203 Pay Transparency Act, 2018 died on the order paper and have to be reintroduced by the government. This bill was reintroduced as Bill 3, the Act establishes requirements relating to the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees.
Recent changes to Ontario health and safety law raise maximum fines against convicted individuals and corporations. On April 1st, 2018 the Ministry of Labour introduced over 280 Set Fines, which can be issued on the spot for non-compliance of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) by employers & supervisors. These fines can be issued by MOL inspectors during their inspection blitzes that are currently ongoing.
The new Set Fines for these offences range from:
On April 6th, 2018 the Ontario government proclaimed Schedule 5 of Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act (passed November 6th, 2014), which enables the Lieutenant Governor in Council to table new regulations to protect temporary help agency workers. (Reasons for Schedule 5 not coming into force at the time Bill 18 received Royal Assent are not disclosed).
As a result of Schedule 5 being proclaimed, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act can be amended by adding a definition for 'temporary help agency'. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may now table regulations that amend the WSIA and require the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to:
If such regulations were to proceed, client employers (organizations contracting temporary help agency) would be required to:
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