In the recent decision in Ontario (Labour) v New Mex Canada Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal found that it may be appropriate to impose harsher sentences for offences under the Occupational Health and
Continue Reading Ontario Court of Appeal says “moral blameworthiness” a factor in sentencing for Occupational Health and Safety Act offences

The legalization of recreational (i.e., non-medical) marijuana in Canada finally has some clarity—and a date. Effective October 17, 2018, the possession and use of recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada.

To prepare for the
Continue Reading Bill C-46 provides guidance for the assessment of marijuana impairment in the workplace

Bill 30, which passed Third Reading on December 12, 2017, brings significant changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”).  Many of the amendments to the OHSA under Bill 30 are effective
Continue Reading What do upcoming changes to Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws mean for employers?

On April 27, 2018, the Parkland Institute of the University of Alberta and the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre released a joint report on workplace safety in Alberta entitled Safer by Design: How Alberta Can Improve
Continue Reading Report on workplace safety points to increased activity by government agencies in enforcing health and safety rules

There has been significant discussion in recent weeks concerning the recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision on random workplace drug testing. Suncor Energy Inc. v Unifor Local 707A, 2017 ABCA 313 saw the appellate
Continue Reading Alberta Court of Appeal decision supports random workplace drug testing in safety-sensitive workplaces