Nov. 20: Bill Protecting Unpaid Workers Gets Royal Assent


The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, which extends the OHS Act to unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners, received Royal Assent on Nov. 20, 2014. Unpaid students, learners and trainees are now defined as “workers” under the Act and thus have the same rights and duties as paid workers, including the right to know about workplace hazards and to refuse unsafe work.