New Workplace Standards Bill Is Now Law

November 29th, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, has passed its third and final reading with the Ontario Legislature and will very soon become law. The Bill makes significant changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws, including changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Occupational Health and Safety […]


WSIB to Re-examine Rejected Claims from Former General …

September 20th, 2017

Between 1945 and 2000, General Electric’s factory in Peterborough was the epicenter for many work-related illnesses among employees and retirees, a study of chemical exposures at the plant reveals. This however, is nothing new. GE’s plant workers built household appliances, diesel locomotive engines, and fuel cells for nuclear reactors. The workers were exposed to more than 3,000 toxic chemicals in the […]


Hookah Ban in Toronto Lounges

June 19th, 2017

By: Nicolas Di Nardo The City of Toronto bylaw that was passed in December 2015 to ban hookah pipes in city-licensed establishments has recently survived a challenge at Ontario’s top court. The bylaw’s survival will now make owners subject to tickets, summonses, or hearings before a license tribunal. Previously, resulting in the bylaw to be […]


General Electric Workers Exposed to Toxic Chemicals for …

May 19th, 2017

By: Nicolas Di Nardo Between 1945 and 2000, General Electric’s factory in Peterborough was the epicenter for many work-related illnesses among employees and retirees, a study of chemical exposures at the plant reveals. This however, is nothing new. The community has been saying this for quite some time, and the 173-page report confirms this. GE’s […]


Ornge stands trial for their role in May 2013 crash tha …

May 1st, 2017

By: Jeffrey Spiegel, Student-at-Law The trial against Ontario’s air ambulance service, Ornge, in connection with the fatal helicopter accident that occurred in northern Ontario on May 31, 2013 began this week at the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. Ornge faces charges under the Canada Labour Code for failing to provide safe working conditions for […]


Elevating our Standards: Proposed Bill Responds to Onta …

April 13th, 2017

By: Nickolas Grunow-Harsta Powerlessness can take many forms, some less obvious than others.  The ability to independently get from one place to another – whether to buy groceries, to attend medical appointments, to socialize, or even just to check the mailbox – is so basic a part of most of our lives that we tend […]


Federal Court of Appeal: Employers must appoint a “co …

November 7th, 2016

The Federal Court of Appeal recently decided that employers must appoint an unbiased “competent person” to investigate complaints of workplace violence when the complaints cannot be resolved directly with the employee. The exception is when it is plain and obvious that the complaint falls outside the scope of the definition of workplace violence. As an […]


Criminal Negligence in the Workplace Results in a 3½-y …

October 28th, 2016

On June 26, 2015, Vadim Kazenelson was found guilty of four counts of criminal negligence causing death, and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The charges arose from an incident in which five workers employed by Metron Construction fell more than 100 feet to the ground, when the swing stage on which they were working […]


A Warning Manufacturers Cannot Miss: Stilwell v World K …

December 30th, 2014

We’ve all seen it. After waiting in the drive thru line in the early morning to grab our coffee, we squint through our tired eyes to read the warning on the side of the coffee cup as it is handed to us through our car window. “Hot! Be Careful”, “The Beverage You Are About To […]

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