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Ontario Government Responds to Early Results of Mine Safety Review

In December 2013, the province asked Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector, focusing first on underground mines. The review...more

MOL safety blitz results show many new businesses non-compliant with basic requirements

The results of a recent Ontario Ministry of Labour safety blitz shows many new small businesses violate basic legal requirements such as posting a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. And non-compliant employers...more

MOL permits employer to have multi-workplace joint health and safety committee, union’s challenge dismissed

A union has lost a request to suspend a Ministry of Labour Director’s order allowing a school board to establish a multi-workplace joint health and safety committee. The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act...more

Upcoming Ontario Ministry Of Labour Blitzes

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has announced several upcoming blitzes during which it will ensure that employers in specified industries are compliant with particular areas of concern under the Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

Worker Guilty Of Obstructing MOL Inspector By Refusing To Answer Questions

A worker who refused to answer a Ministry of Labour inspector’s questions during an accident investigation has been found guilty of obstructing the inspector....more

Farm Employer Guilty: “Accident Waiting To Happen” In Case Of Sinking Trailer That Rose Again

A farm employer has been convicted of a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act where portable steps being used by the employer were “not even barely adequate”....more

Supervisor Fined For Disturbing Accident Scene

An Ontario supervisor has been convicted and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for disturbing an accident scene....more

When Is An MOL Notice Of Workplace Accident Required? Ontario Court Of Appeal Clarifies

Many Ontario employers will be relieved by an Ontario appeal decision that clarifies – and limits – the obligation to report workplace accidents to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. “[I]t is not part of the purpose and...more

Work Refusal Process May Not Be Used To Challenge Employer’s Established Practices: OLRB

In a long-running and bitterly-fought case involving prison guards, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held that the work refusal process under the Occupational Health and Safety Act may not be used to challenge existing...more

Safety Inspection Blitzes for Industrial and Construction Sectors

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced that inspectors will be conducting safety inspection blitzes on “Slips, Trips and Falls (ladder safety and fall protection hazards)” in February/March of this year, focusing...more

Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes 2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is conducting various safety blitzes again this year, which they recently announced. The upcoming blitzes will affect workplaces in the areas of underground mines, industrial, construction and...more

Ontario MOL’s Winter Safety Blitzes

Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors are conducting a winter safety blitz looking for the following...more

Company Director Jailed For Ontario Employment Standards Violations

A director of six Ontario companies has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after those companies systematically ignored orders to pay wages issued by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

Happy New Year! – Ministry Of Labour Inspections For 2012-2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that it will focus its proactive inspections for 2012-2013 on workplaces where there is a history of employment standards violations, where young and/or vulnerable workers are...more

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