LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 15: Today is last call for comments on a proposal to make prevention of workplace harassment an express duty under OHS laws (currently, the obligation is only implied as part of the “general duty” clause). In addition to defining “harassment” broadly to include conduct harming physical and psychological health and safety, the new rules would require employers to develop and implement a written harassment prevention policy that includes:
- A statement that every worker is entitled to work free of harassment
- The employer’s stated commitment to ensure a harassment-free workplace and investigate harassment complaints
- Complaint and investigation procedures
- Assurances against reprisals for making complaints.
May 10: The WCB will finish its review of lump sum benefit payments for a worker’s work-related death. The headliner: Increasing the lump sum benefit amount, currently $10,000, to 40% of the Maximum Assessable Earnings for the year in which the fatality occurred in accordance with the way it’s done in most jurisdictions.
April 17: The Assembly tabled private member Bill 114 banning businesses from providing plastic, paper and other “checkout bags” to customers unless:
- Customers confirm after being directly asked that they need a bag
- The bag is made of paper or otherwise reusable
- The customer is charged at least 15¢ for a paper bag and $1 for a reusable bag.