LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Jan. 1: New Bill 176 employer duties to prevent and respond to psychological harassment take effect:
- Definition of “psychological harassment” broadened to include sexual harassment
- New employer duty to adopt psychological harassment prevention policies and investigate complaints
- New employer duty to report psychological harassment complaints to CNESST
- New CNESST duty to refer complaints to CDPDJ (human rights commission) for discrimination inquiry
- Time limit for employees to file complaint increased from 90 days to 2 years from last incident of alleged offending behaviour.
Oct. 5: That’s the deadline for employer and worker associations to apply for up to $90,000 in CNESST funding for projects designed to prevent workplace psychological and sexual harassment. There are 2 funding streams:
- Stream 1: Workplace Harassment Standards Assistance Program for sectoral employer associations
- Stream 2: Program for workers’ sensitization at sectoral associations of employees and self-employed persons.
Jan. 1: CNESST has decided to keep the 2019 average Occupational Health and Safety Fund contribution rate at $1.79 per $100 assessable payroll. Maximum annual insurable earnings will increase from $74,000 to $76,500 and maximum weekly insurable earnings will go from $1,419.26 to $1,467.20.
Jan. 1: The 2019 average Occupational Health and Safety Fund contribution rate will remain at $1.79 per $100 assessable payroll. Maximum annual insurable earnings will increase from $74,000 to $76,500 and maximum weekly insurable earnings will go from $1,419.26 to $1,467.20.
Sept. 14: New measures to remediate contaminated land under the ClimatSol-Plus program took effect:
- Maximum financial assistance increased from $1 million per project to $5 million per municipality
- New duty of participants to use system for tracing contaminated soil movements at project
- Revised climate change control targets based on rehabilitation technique used.