LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 5: CNESST issued a press release noting that scientists and medical professionals have issued new guidelines identifying agents that cause occupational asthma. The unspoken message: current occupational exposure limits and hazardous substances are likely to be modified accordingly in the coming months.
April 15: That’s the deadline to comment on new Environmental Quality Act regulations implementing the new EQA environmental licensing regime addressing, among other issues:
- WHMIS changes
- Biomedical waste
- Petroleum refinery liquid effluents
- Land protection and rehabilitation
- Pulp and paper mills
- Bituminous concrete mills
- Snow disposal.
March 20: While the family leave provisions are getting most of the attention, the newly proposed Labour Standards Act changes under Bill 176 would also clarify employers’ sexual harassment prevention duties by spelling out what current laws only imply, namely, that sexual harassment is a form of psychological harassment banned by law and that employer must implement and make available to workers a policy of preventing and handling harassment complaints.