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Ministry of Labour

Nitaqat - increase in Saudisation percentages

by DLA Piper on

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently announced a new Saudisation percentage in relation to the nationalisation or Nitaqat Programme. This indicates that the 'Balanced Nitaqat' that...more

Workers flee during MOL investigation, roofing company fined for obstructing inspector

by Dentons on

A roofing company has been fined $40,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including $15,000 for obstructing a Ministry of Labour inspector. The MOL inspector had gone to the site because of a complaint. He...more

Alberta Employers May Face Increased Unionization and Mandated Collective Agreements

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 13, 2017, the Alberta government announced that it intends to change provincial employment and labour laws to reflect "modern" times. As part of this "modernization", the Minister of Labour announced a consultation...more

OLRB confirms 30-day hard-stop deadline for appealing Ontario MOL inspectors’ compliance orders

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A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision confirms that the 30-day deadline for appealing Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors’ compliance orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act cannot not be...more

Saudi Ministry of Labor Restricts Terminations

by Jones Day on

On 29 January 2017, the Saudi Minister of Labor issued Resolution No. 50945 ("Resolution") restricting termination of groups of Saudi employees for redundancy. This significant development comes at a time when many employers...more

MOL Clarifies its Interpretation of “Critical Injury”

by Dentons on

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to report fatalities and “critical injuries” to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ministry of Labour has recently released clarification on its...more

Important updates in Colombian labor issues as of January 2017

by Dentons on

The Colombian legislation introduced new developments in labor issues submitted as of January, 2017. Among these, the most relevant are...more

Judges discriminated against in judicial pension scheme reforms

by Dentons on

Six High Court judges have succeeded in their claims against the Ministry of Justice about the introduction of the judicial pension scheme reforms. All six judges alleged that they had been discriminated against on the...more

Subway operators fighting decision to staff trains with only one operator, claiming unsafe

by Dentons on

Three Toronto subway operators engaged in a work refusal after the Toronto Transit Commission decided to staff subway trains with only one operator (instead of two). Their union is now fighting a Ministry of Labour...more

Saudi Arabia Update - November 2016

by Dentons on

Special Labor Courts Launching Soon - The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Supreme Judicial Council have finally stepped forward with launching the special labor courts in Saudi Arabia, which are expected to begin...more

Three days in jail for owner of roofing business after trying to deceive MOL inspector

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The owner of a roofing business has landed in jail for three days after trying to trick a Ministry of Labour inspector following a workplace accident. Three workers were working on a residential roofing project but the...more

Appeal of MOL compliance order adjourned while related OHSA prosecution ongoing, despite City’s objection

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The Ontario Labour Relations Board has adjourned an appeal of a Ministry of Labour inspector’s compliance order against the City of Sudbury while a related prosecution under the Occupational Health and Safety Act is ongoing,...more

OLRB dismisses union’s “fishing expedition” in safety case: documents requested from MOL and employer were not arguably relevant

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The Ministry of Labour and the employer were not required to hand over certain documents requested by the union in a safety dispute, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided. The issue in dispute was whether the...more

After accepting guilty plea, prosecutor cannot reargue trial court’s decision to exclude evidence of worker’s injury when setting...

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The Ministry of Labour cannot reopen a Justice of the Peace’s decision to exclude evidence that a worker was injured, where the defendant company later pleaded guilty to Occupational Health and Safety Act charges and the...more

“Reputable and responsible” owner / operator guilty of OHSA charge after drill rig collapse at York University

by Dentons on

After a dramatic and tragic incident in which a large drill rig fell over at York University, fatally injuring a backhoe operator and badly injuring an excavator operator, the company that owned and operated the rig has been...more

Changes to Nitaqat in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is re-visiting its Nitaqat program with a renewed focus on reducing unemployment in the Kingdom. This is the first time Nitaqat has been reviewed since it was implemented in 2011 and the revisions have several...more

Court throws out MOL evidence due to late disclosure, notice in OHSA prosecution

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An Ontario judge has thrown out laser scan evidence due to the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s late disclosure and late notice to defence counsel that the MOL intended to present that evidence in court....more

Be Alert Middle East: New employment contract template for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

by DLA Piper on

The Ministry of Labour has officially announced and published the new employment contract template which should be completed in respect of all employees working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ("KSA"). The Articles included in...more

Saudi Arabia Update – May 2016

by Dentons on

Legal developments - Labor law developments - This month, a number of changes to Saudi Arabia’s labor and employment law regime have occurred. Implementing Regulations of the amended Labor Law - As we have...more

Ontario MOL consulting on new mandatory construction hazard awareness training

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to require all construction employers to ensure that their workers complete a new “construction hazard awareness training” program. This training program would be an add-on,...more

City wins suspension of MOL inspector’s “constructor” order

by Dentons on

A city has won a suspension of a Ministry of Labour inspector’s decision that the city was a “constructor” under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act on a watermain-improvement project....more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Saudi Arabia Update – April 2016

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - New incentives for achieving Saudization requirements - The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which is an affiliate of the Ministry of Labor (MOL), has proposed a new system to reward...more

Is the new "DUP" resulting from French Rebsamen Law really a simplification?

by Bryan Cave on

The so-called "Rebsamen" Law No. 2015-994 of August 17, 2015 amended the rules and the scope of the so-called unified personnel delegation ("DUP"). French Decree No. 2016-345 of March 23, 2016 completed this reform. From a...more

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