Court Gives Guidance as to When OHSA Prosecutions May Lead to Jail Time


Time Published on September 29, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

A recent Ontario appeal, helps shines much needed light on the subject of when individuals may be subject to imprisonment for health and safety offences.

Tag occupational health and safety

Court of Appeal Rules on Employers’ Obligations to Protect Employees from Harassment and Violence when they are Away from the Workplace


Time Published on September 19, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s ruling that a citizen’s harassing behaviour toward members of city council did not fall within the ambit of the Occupational Health and Safety Act because it did not occur at the "workplace". 

Tag employment law,  occupational health and safety

Can a Defendant be Charged Criminally After Pleading Guilty to OHSA Charges?


Time Published on August 25, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

A supervisor who pleaded guilty under OH&S legislation was later charged with criminal negligence causing death.  The criminal charges were recently dismissed, but the door is theoretically still open in other cases now and in the future.

Tag constitutional law,  occupational health and safety

Smoked Out: Employer Convicted When Employee Smokes in Truck


Time Published on July 28, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

Do you have a policy prohibiting your employees from smoking when they drive alone in a company vehicle?  If not, you may be breaking the law

Tag occupational health and safety

Is it work-related? Novel workers’ compensation decisions deal with harassment and assault


Time Published on May 18, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

It may seem fairly obvious when a worker breaks her leg “in the course of employment”. However, injuries and illnesses related to bullying and harassment have drawn significant attention in recent years, and decisions from various workers’ compensation tribunals across the country illustrate that determining the work-relatedness of such injuries is no simple task.

Tag occupational health and safety,  workers' compensation

May 3 - Ryan and Jeremy to Present on Marijuana in the Workplace at WSPS Conference


Time Published on April 17, 2017 User Stringer LLP Admin

Ryan Conlin and Jeremy Schwartz will be speaking on May 3 at Partners in Prevention presented by the WSPS.

Tag occupational health and safety

The Tail Wags the Dog: Federal Sector Employee Vetoes Employer`s Appointment of Investigator


Time Published on November 25, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

A recent case brought into question whether an employee objecting to the appointment of an investigator under the Canada Labour Code due to their perceived impartiality is under an onus to justify their position.

Tag occupational health and safety

Supreme Court Decision May Protect Defendants Charged with OHSA Offences from Unreasonable Delay


Time Published on September 14, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada could have the effect of allowing corporations charged under the OHSA to seek remedies when a trial is unreasonably delayed in a considerably broader swath of cases.

Tag occupational health and safety

After the Accident: Pitfalls to Avoid for Employers after Workplace Accidents


Time Published on May 27, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

The obligations on employers, constructors and other workplace stakeholders once a workplace accident occurs are heavy.  The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that these parties take positive actions immediately from the time that an accident occurs.  These actions can have important implications for later legal proceedings.  Failing to comply with these obligations is itself a breach of the Act and can lead to legal liability distinct from and in addition to any liability flowing from the accident.

Tag occupational health and safety

Ryan Conlin Speaking on OHS in the Daily Commercial News


Time Published on May 06, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

Read the Daily Commercial News's report on Ryan Conlin's presentation at this year's Partners in Prevention occupational health and safety conference held on April 26. 

 

Tag occupational health and safety

Federal Court of Appeal Rules on When Federal Employers Must Appoint a Workplace Violence Investigator


Time Published on March 22, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

The Canadian law on workplace violence and harassment continues to develop, particularly in relation to the duty to investigate. Employers should take note of the legislative requirements in the jurisdictions in which they operate. Recently, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on the issue of when federal employers must appoint an impartial investigator under the Canada Labour Code.

Tag employment law,  occupational health and safety

Ryan Conlin Speaks to the National Post re Metron


Time Published on January 13, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

Ryan Conlin comments to the National Post regarding the recent Metron sentencing decision.

Tag occupational health and safety

Judge Imposes Jail Time on Metron Construction Site Supervisor


Time Published on January 13, 2016 User Stringer LLP Admin

Those involved with occupational health and safety law have followed with interest the ongoing saga of Metron Construction. This sad story began with the collapse of a hanging swing stage at a western Toronto apartment building, resulting in the deaths of four workers and serious injuries to another. Various prosecutions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Criminal Code have resulted in the imposition of over $1.5 million in fines and surcharges on the various corporations and individuals involved in the accident.

Tag occupational health and safety

Frank Portman to present at WSPS Conference & Trade Show: Understanding Bill 18: OHSA Protection for Young Workers and Unpaid Interns


Time Published on April 15, 2015 User Stringer LLP Admin

Frank Portman to present at WSPS Conference & Trade Show: Understanding Bill 18: OHSA Protection for Young Workers and Unpaid Interns.

Tag occupational health and safety

Early Bird Registration Now Open: 16th Annual Employment Law Conference


Time Published on March 03, 2015 User Stringer LLP Admin

Early Bird registration now open for the 16th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference in Mississauga.

Tag employment law,  human rights,  labour law,  occupational health and safety,  workers' compensation,  wrongful dismissal litigation

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