OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2019 Québec
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2019
Feb.: Remember to implement policies to prevent and investigate complaints of psychological harassment. Other Bill 176 psychological harassment changes in effect:
- Broader definition of “psychological harassment” to include sexual harassment
- New employer duty to report psychological harassment complaints to CNESST
- New CNESST duty to refer complaints to CDPDJ (human rights commission) for discrimination inquiry
- Expanded time limit for employees to file complaint of 2 years (as opposed to 90 days) from last incident of alleged offending behaviour.
Feb. 21: The government is standing by its plan (under Bill 2) to up the legal age for cannabis consumption from 18 to 21 but may be flexible on drastically reducing the number of public places where pot can be consumed. Allowing consumption of edibles that don’t produce smoke may be an option.
Feb. 7: CNESST updated its list of agents that cause occupational asthma for different occupations, along with references and test results data.
Feb. 21: First Reading for Bill 194. Highlights:
- Sets minimum thresholds government must use to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
- Requires Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks to create annual carbon budget setting maximum emissions for province in coming year
- Requires Minister to factor emissions into project assessments