Ontario Consults on Proposed OHSA Regulatory Amendments for Mining Industry

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) has launched a consultation with respect to proposed amendments to regulatory requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that apply to mines and mining plants. The proposed amendments aim to “increase flexibility, better reflect current technology, and reduce the regulatory burden” currently set out…

Ontario Launches Tower Crane Health and Safety Consultation

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) has launched a Consultation on Improving Health and Safety Requirements relating to Tower Cranes, which aims to update current legislative requirements for the operation of tower cranes. The consultation is focused on the requirements set out in the Construction Project Regulation, O. Reg. 213/91, and O….

Ontario Consults on OHSA Regulations Relating to Notice of Project and Head Protection Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) is seeking input from interested parties in respect of regulatory proposals to modernize the Notice of Project and worker head protection requirements for workplaces in Ontario that fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Proposed Changes to Notice of Project Requirements The intention…

Important Updates Regarding the Federal Pay Equity Act, the Canada Labour Code and CLC Regulations

In this Federal Post, we cover recent developments with respect to the federal Pay Equity Act, amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) and highlight the proposed amendments to the CLC Regulations that are currently open for public consultation. Federal Pay Equity Act In Force on August 31, 2021 By: Lucy Wu The federal Pay…

Hicks Morley Welcomes Associate Christian Morin

Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Christian Morin has joined the firm as an associate in our Ottawa office. Christian represents employers and management in both private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Christian has experience with human rights issues, occupational health and safety matters and wrongful dismissal claims.

Christian Morin

Christian Morin is a labour and employment lawyer with Hicks Morley’s Ottawa office. He provides advice and represents employers and management in both private and public sectors. As a proud Franco-Ontarian, Christian is fully bilingual and is uniquely positioned to serve employers in the national capital region.

Appellate Court Upholds Jury Award of $150,000 Punitive Damages Against Employer

In a recent decision, Eynon v. Simplicity Air Ltd., the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a punitive damages award of $150,000 against an employer for the actions of two of its supervisors after an employee’s workplace injury. The appeal to the Court of Appeal was from a jury award of punitive damages. The respondent employee…

Amendments Made to Notice and Reporting Requirements under OHSA

On June 7, 2021, the Ontario government filed amendments to a number of regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Most of the amendments relate to the reporting of workplace accidents, which consolidate the notice of death or critical injury reporting requirements found in several regulations under the OHSA into one regulation—Ontario…

Ontario’s Declared Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order End on June 2, 2021

The declared emergency and the Stay-at-Home Order, both made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) on April 7, 2021, terminate today, June 2, 2021. Note that a Declared Emergency Leave (DEL) taken under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, generally ends on the date the declared emergency terminates, subject to exceptions. By motion…

Nadine Zacks Quoted in SHRM on how Rapid Testing Could Curtail COVID-19 Outbreaks in Canadian Workplaces

SHRM quoted Hicks Morley’s Nadine Zacks in a May 12, 2021 article titled “Rapid Testing Could Curtail COVID-19 Outbreaks in Canadian Workplaces”. During Canada’s third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, workplace outbreaks risk transmitting the COVID-19 virus and its variants. Experts say rapid testing in workplaces could be instrumental in helping Canada fight the third…