WSIB DAY OF MOURNING
April 16, 2019
In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.

http://wsibdayofmourning.ca
RESTORING ONTARIO'S COMPETITIVENESS ACT, 2019
April 03, 2019

Creating Jobs and Reducing Regulatory Burdens in 12 Sectors Across Ontario

On April 3, ROCA, 2019 law came into effect. Some highlights are:
  • Employers no longer require approval for excess hours of work and overtime averaging from the Director of Employment Standards
  • Ends the requirement for employers to post the ESA poster (but must provide copy to workers)
  • Auto Sector: For regulations affecting assembly lines, added a new, targeted exemption from guardrail requirements for a conveyor and raised platform or a similar system
  • Amends the Labour Relations Act, 1995 to explicitly deem public bodies, including municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities, as "non-construction employers"
  • Amends the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to allow updated labels to be placed on existing chemical containers
For more details:
https://news.ontario.ca/medg/en/2019/04/creating-jobs-and-reducing-regulatory-burdens-in-12-sectors-across-ontario.html
 
BILL 47 - CHANGES TO ESA
December 28, 2018
Bill 47, passed on November 21, 2018 and enforced as of January 1, 2019 amends legislation enacted by the former provincial government's Bill 148. Review the Employment Standards Act to be up to date. 
CANNABIS LEGALIZATION
November 01, 2018

Ontario’s new rules will keep the people of Ontario safe now that recreational cannabis has been made legal by the federal government.

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government. Ontario’s Government for the People has put rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep our roads safe and combat the illegal market.

Ontario now has laws in place (after extensive public and stakeholder engagement) about how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province. The government is also moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1, 2019.

Medical cannabis will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.

http://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis-legalization



 
NEW FINE SCHEDULE AS OF APRIL 1, 2018
July 17, 2018
As a Provincial Offense the municipality where the ticket was issued will collect the fine. 
Last Updated: April 1, 2018 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
For example: Employers will be fined $550 if there is a worker on a construction site with an expired WAH certificate.


For more information on fines check out the links below:
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/set-fines/set-fines-i/schedule-67-5/
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/set-fines/set-fines-i/schedule-67/
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/set-fines/set-fines-i/schedule-67-1/



 
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