Are you aware of the new changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act?
- quadrupling maximum fines for individuals from $25,000 to $100,000 and tripling maximum fines for corporations from $500,000 to $1,500,000.
- extending the limitation period for filing charges from one year since an alleged offence occurred to one year from the date that an inspector becomes aware of it.
- requiring employers to notify the Ministry of Labour when joint health and safety committees or representatives identify potential structural inadequacies that could be a source of danger to workers.
Workplace Inspection Blitzes Anticipated
- The Ontario Ministry of Labour (the “MOL”) has announced that it will be conducting workplace inspection blitzes in 2018 and 2019 across Ontario to ensure employers are compliant