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Cannabis and the Workplace: Safety-Sensitive Roles

On October 17, 2018, the Canadian Government legalized cannabis for recreational use across Canada. Many Canadians celebrated what’s come to be called “National Cannabis Day.” HR professionals and employers whose organizations employ workers in safety-sensitive roles were likely less jubilant.…

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Prosecutions under the OHSA: Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

While the significant monetary and other penalties associated with breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) are well publicized, substantially less coverage is dedicated to the process by which a Court determines the appropriateness of a penalty for…

Your Legal Options When the MOL has Given you a Ticket, Summons and/or Order

The Ministry of Labour’s (“MOL”) Enforcement division is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) and its regulations. The MOL can visit an employer’s workplace at any time, and has extensive authority to investigate a workplace without any…

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The MOL’s Power Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act

There have been several moderate to severe workplace accidents reported recently by the media. Last month alone, there were reports of two work-related fatalities involving Ontario-based companies and several “serious” or “critical” injury cases. In response to such incidents, the…