OHS & the Unionized Employer



The role of unions in the internal responsibility systems represents one of the most overlooked issues in workplace safety. This webinar takes a detailed look at the role of unions under OHS legislation and provides guidance to unionized employers on the most challenging OHS issues in a unionized environment.

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  •  The role of unions on the JHSC
  • The role of unions in “work refusals”
  • How unions can participate in administration of appeals of Orders by OHS regulators
  • The potential liability of unions under the Bill C-45 Criminal Code provisions
  • The responsibility of unions for members charged with OHS offences
  • The significance of OHS collective agreement language
  • Recent trends in union grievances related to discipline for workplace safety infractions
  • How bargaining unit members can be treated as “supervisors” under OHS legislation
  •  Strategies for collective bargaining on OHS issues

About the Presenter

Ryan J. Conlin: Ryan is a partner with Stringer LLP and practices primarily in the area of regulatory and employment law. Ryan is a frequent speaker and writer and has given presentations to a number of legal organizations, employers and HR groups on a wide range of regulatory and employment law issues. His experience includes:

  • Advising and acting for employers and individuals charged with contraventions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and theEnvironmental Protection Act
  • Providing pro-active advice on OHS and environmental matters
  • Assisting employers with a range of workers’ compensation issues
  • Litigation before the WSIB and WSIAT, claims management, independent operator issues and revenue matters
  • Assisting employers with all facets of employment related immigration.




Jeffrey D.A. Murray: Jeff, a partner, acts exclusively for employers, particularly in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare and public sectors. Jeff has been a contributing editor to the Federated Press journal Management Rights. He speaks regularly on topics such as Managing in an Unionized Workplace, Maintaining the Union Free Workplace, Termination of Employment, Construction Labour Relations, and Workplace Privacy. His experience includes:

  • Guidance to businesses on how to conduct effective campaigns to remain union-free
  • Representing clients in collective bargaining
  • Acting on behalf of employers in grievance arbitration, Labour Relations Board litigation, and human rights complaints
  • Representing employers before all levels of Court in Ontario, and before numerous employment-related tribunals
  • Providing strategic advice to clients on the labour and employment law issues in business sales and acquisitions.