Tag: Health & Safety
Ed. Note: This post has been updated to reflect changing mask requirements.
Across Canada, provinces have instituted a range of mandatory mask orders in response to COVID-19. Now they are required in most Canadian workplaces.
Typically, where masks are required, there are exemptions for children, workers in areas not accessible to the public and able to maintain physical distancing, those with medical conditions preventing them from wearing masks, and situations when masks must be removed (e.g., treatments, services or physical activities requiring removal or identification). Many jurisdictions also have exemptions for courtrooms or proceedings before an administrative tribunal.
Here’s a quick recap of Canada’s mask requirements.
In November, Alberta introduced a new Occupational Health and Safety Act (the New Act), which will replace the current Act in its entirety.
The New Act is scheduled to come into force on September 1, 2021. This means that Alberta employers will need to spend the first half of 2021 getting ready for the changes, which cover everything from workplace accidents to health and safety committees to refusing work.* More »
If your business or organization is federally regulated (e.g., banks, airlines, shipping, interprovincial trucking), then you need to get ready for new workplace harassment and violence requirements coming into force on January 1, 2021.
Below is a quick review of what you need to know.
Today, all of Ontario finally moves to Stage 3. This means that most businesses can re-open, provided that they follow requirements contained in a variety of regulations and government policies.
Further to today’s announcement that (almost) all of Ontario is moving to Stage 2 (Windsor is the last region left at Stage 1), it is helpful to review Ontario’s guide on how to develop a COVID-19 workplace safety plan.
The guide, which includes a template plan, sets out the steps for Ontario employers preparing to re-open the workplace.