Nov. 7: New OHS Requirements to Take Effect
The government announced that Bill 23, which enhances and clarifies current OHS laws, will be proclaimed to take effect on Nov. 7. But the proclamation will not include the requirement to designate a prime contractor in certain sectors or proposed increases to fines for OHS prosecutions. These matters will be addressed in another bill later this fall. The government also announced new regulations to better protect late-night retail workers from violence in the workplace. The new regulations include safe cash handling procedures, use of video cameras and the provision of good visibility and signage for all late-night retail premises. The Ministry will conduct information sessions to educate employers, workers and stakeholders on the new laws.