Canada Labour Code - Part II
Amendments to the Canada Labour Code - Part II that came into effect on October 28, 2014 are intended to narrow an employee's right to refuse work on basis it is not safe ((under sec. 128 of the Code).
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Heenan Blaikie analyses CSA's "Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Canadian Workplace"
In a November 3, 2011 post I reported that the Canadian Standards Association was commencing consultations on the development of a voluntary "National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace".
Two lawyers at Heenan Blaikie - Cheryl A. Edwards and Shane Todd - have now published a detailed analysis of the standard that can be found here: "National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Canadian Workplace Released".
The analysis was published the firm's January 24, 2012 OHS & Workers Compensation Management Update publication.
Bill C-487: An Act to prevent psychological harassment in the workplace and to amend Canada Labour Code tabled
A private members bill - C-276: An Act to prevent psychological harassment in the workplace and to amend the Canada Labour Code - was tabled in the House of Commons today by Brian Masee, a New Democratic Party of Canada Member of Parliament.
Similar bills have been tabled several times previously, starting in 2003. Private members bills have little chance of being passed into legislation.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has started publishing an electronic newsletter - the Labour Focus Newsletter - that federally regulated employers will want to read.
Volume 1, Issue 1 of the newsletter was published last week and includes a bulletin from the Labour Program that discusses the H1N1 flu virus (the swine flu) and an employer's obligation under the Canada Labour Code, Part II to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace.
As I noted in a post a few weeks ago, this article from the Vancouver Sun also contains advice for employers on how to respond to the virus and other outbreaks like it.
New "Violence Prevention in the Work Place" regulations impose duties on federally-regulated employers
Part XX of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, entitled Violence Prevention in the Work Place, came into effect on May 28, 2008.
The Part XX provisions prescribe steps that federally-regulated employers in Canada must implement in their work place to protect employees against violence.
The definition of "work place violence" is any action, conduct, threat or gesture of a person towards an employee in their work place that can reasonably be expected to cause harm, injury or illness to that employee.