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.
Nov. 21: Comments closed on CNESST’s proposed new construction safety regulations:
- Workers on construction sites must pass health and general safety course
- New lighting illumination levels for different work areas
- Revised construction, mooring and anchorage standards for scaffolding.
Nov. 16: CNESST published a revised non-exhaustive list of toxicological agents that can cause allergic reactions on worksites.
Jan. 1: The 2019 average Occupational Health and Safety Fund contribution rate stays at $1.79 per $100 assessable payroll. Maximum annual insurable earnings increase from $74,000 to $76,500 and maximum weekly insurable earnings 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.