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Occupational Health & Safety

Stevan Horvath appointed President of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Federal Labour Minister, Lisa Raitt, announced today that Stevan Horvath has been  appointed full-time President of Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, effective April 11, 2011.

The release says the following about the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:

  • The Centre, located in Hamilton, Ontario, was created in 1978 to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working environment.
  • The Centre is governed by a tripartite council representing the federal, provincial and territorial governments, employers and workers, the Centre provides Canadians with unbiased and relevant information that supports responsible decision making on health and safety issues in the workplace.

The release notes the following about Mr. Horvath:  read more »

"Washington State Legislature Targets Bullying in the Workplace"

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a US labour and employment firm with offices across the country, posted an article last month on its website entitled,  "Washington State Legislature Targets Bullying in the Workplace" (February 15, 2011).

The article states that:  read more »

Highest penalty imposed by WorkSafeBC on employer in 2010 was $145,000, according to enforcement report

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

WorkSafeBC released its "enforcement report" for 2010 today. Key stats from the report are:  read more »

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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Independent contractors considered to be employees for health and safety purposes in Ontario

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

In Ontario (Labour) v. United Independent Operators Limited, 2011 ONCA 33, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that independent contractors are considered to be "regularly employed" for the purposes of determining whether a company has an obligation to establish a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires a JHSC to be established at a workplace at which 20 or more workers are regularly employed.  read more »

Employer engaged in discriminatory action under Workers Comp Act by placing employee on STIIP, reducing income

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Health Care

In Emergency and Health Services Commission v. Wheatley, 2010 BCSC 1769, the BC Supreme Court denied the employer's request to quash a decision of the BC Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal ("WCAT").

In the decision (WCAT-2008-03840), which was delivered on December 19, 2008,  WCAT found that the Emergency and Health Services Commission (the "Employer") had engaged in discriminatory action under s. 151 of the BC Workers Compensation Act, against one of its employees, Michael Wheatley.

As set out in the court's decision:  read more »

"Anti-Bullying Legislation"

Robyn Durling of the BC Human Rights Coalition prepared a paper on, "Anti-Bullying Legislation", for the Human Rights Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia) in November 2010.