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In a pair of recent decisions originating from British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada appears to be putting employers on notice that their responsibilities and liabilities may extend beyond their own front door.

In December 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk (2017 SCC 62), that we discussed in ...

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The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed leave to appeal in Suncor Energy Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Alberta. The case involved the application of litigation privilege to an internal incident investigation conducted following a workplace fatality.

In April 2014, Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) experienced a worker fatality at one of its worksites near Fort ...

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WorkSafeBC has approved the addition of the following three new sections to the
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) relating to Joint Committees and
Worker Representatives:

  1. Section 3.26 - Evaluation of Joint Committees - Employers must undertake an
    annual evaluation of each of their Joint Committee(s) to examine its effectiveness and
    identify possible ...
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On June 19, 2015, the Federal Government enacted the Policy Committees, Work Place Committees and Health and Safety Representatives Regulations. These Regulations impose new obligations on federally regulated businesses in respect of their health and safety committees or representative. The Regulations ensure that federally regulated workplaces are required to ...

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On May 14, 2015, Bill 9, the Workers' Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, was given Royal Assent. As we previously reported, the amendments significantly expand WorkSafeBC’s powers to deal with non-compliance and increase employers’ obligations in respect of workplace health and safety. Several sections of the statute are now in force. Of particular note is the new ...

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On February 11, 2015, the B.C. Government tabled Bill 9, the Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act, 2015 which if passed, significantly expands WorkSafeBC’s powers to deal with non-compliance and increases employers’ obligations in respect of workplace health and safety.

The purpose of the legislation is to strengthen WorkSafeBC’s ability to promote and ...

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On April 24, 2013, WorkSafeBC announced the approval of new Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies, which come into effect on November 1, 2013.

Policy D3011502, titled Employer Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment, sets out minimum requirements for employers to satisfy their obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure ...

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