Atlantic Employers’ Counsel – Summer 2013
Generally, occupational health and safety legislation in Atlantic Canada, like other jurisdictions, requires employers to take reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of workers in their workplace.
What will happen at your workplace if a serious incident or fatality occurs? Will your managers know how to respond?
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND RECENT CASES
Newfoundland & Labrador
Amendments to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Newfoundland and Labrador Act that can be read herewill establish a new occupational health and safety regime in offshore areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act received proclamation and will come into force on a future date.
Prince Edward Island
A change was recently made to the Prince Edward Island Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “PE OHS Act“) effective May 8, 2013. As a result, a prosecution for an offence under the PE OHS Act must now be commenced within two years.
CANADA LABOUR CODE
Two recent cases prosecuted under the Canada Labour Code (the “CLC“) identify mitigation as a factor to take into consideration when sentencing and the importance of a safety culture at the workplace.
Learn more about recent penalties throughout Atlantic Canada.
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