On May 17, 2023, Ontario announced changes to the training requirements for working at heights. The province has updated both the program and provider standards for mandatory working at heights training, noting that falling from heights is one of the leading causes of workplace fatality in a number of industries including construction. Currently, workers on…
Practice Area: Occupational Health
OBA Labour & Employment Program: Litigating Compliance Issues Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act
In a panel session titled, “Section 61: Appealing MOL Orders,” Nadine Zacks will look at the types of orders that can be appealed, whether and when to appeal, and the jurisdiction and powers of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Ontario Introduces Bill 91, Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023 and Announces Additional Amendments to Reduce Red Tape
On April 3, 2023, the Ontario government announced a range of measures related to pensions and employment (amongst other matters) in the province. On the same day, the government introduced Bill 91, Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023 (Bill 91) to implement some of those measures. Bill 91 and the additional measures are of…
Exclusions and Competing Rights in Schools
Educators and school boards have an obligation to provide every student with meaningful and equitable access to an education while taking reasonable measures to keep all students and staff safe from foreseeable harm. To that end, students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodation in their learning environments. But what happens when the behaviour of these students creates safety issues for themselves, other students and school staff? How can special educators and administrators deal with these increasingly common occurrences while managing the competing rights of both students and staff under the Education Act, Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act?
Record Number of Hicks Morley Lawyers Named Leading Practitioners in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
Congratulations to the 48 Hicks Morley lawyers who have been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory!
Workplace Investigation Training Workshop: Applying What You Know (Part 2)
This session will begin with a brief overview of workplace investigation best practices. We will then turn our attention to an interactive exercise in which attendees will have the opportunity to use what they learned in Part 1 to develop and hone their skills.
Workplace Investigation Training Workshop: Investigation Fundamentals and Best Practices (Part 1)
The session will include instructional components, video demonstrations and discussion regarding strategies to deal with issues that can arise when conducting investigations. Attendees will receive a detailed digital manual entitled, “Hicks Morley’s Guide to Conducting Investigations into Workplace Complaints.”
Amendments to OHSA Regarding Naloxone Kit Requirement Proclaimed into Force – June 1, 2023
The amendments Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022 made to the Occupational Health & Safety Act, which require certain employers to have a naloxone kit in the workplace, have been proclaimed into force effective June 1, 2023. As a result, starting on June 1, 2023, employers who become aware or ought reasonably to be…
Colleges of Ontario Occupational Safety and Health Administrators: Contractors and Construction: Expanding Liability Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
In this session, Nadine Zacks will be speaking about the impact of that decision on owners and employers responsible for construction projects.
Brooklyn is a a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office. She offers advice and representation to employers and management in the public and the private sectors for a wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues.