On Sept. 8, 2016, important amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), introduced by “Bill 132,” came into force. The OHSA amendments include modifying the current definition of “workplace harassment” to specifically contemplate “workplace sexual harassment” and imposing additional obligations on employers with respect to their workplace harassment policies, programs and investigations. The OHSA amendments also expand the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s powers with respect to workplace harassment investigations.
On Sept. 8, the Ministry of Labour’s Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act also became effective. The Code of Practice sets out practices that employers can implement to comply with the OHSA’s amended workplace harassment provisions.
This webinar will review the steps that employers should take to ensure compliance with the amended OHSA, including the following key learning points:
- The amended definition of “workplace harassment” and “workplace sexual harassment”
- Employers’ expanded duties regarding workplace harassment
- Requirements for workplace harassment policies and programs
- Conducting workplace harassment investigations
- The Ministry of Labour’s new power to order third-party investigations
- Practices and requirements set out in the Ministry of Labour’s Code of Practice.
PRESENTERS: Adrian Miedema and Sabrina Serino, Dentons
Adrian Miedema is a partner in the Employment & Labour Group of Dentons Canada LLP's Toronto office. He advises and represents public- and private-sector employers in health and safety, employment and human rights matters. Adrian is the co-editor of occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com and regularly writes and speaks on occupational health and safety matters. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Labour and Employment Law (2011–2017) and is listed as “repeatedly recommended” in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014-2016) as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Occupational Health & Safety.
Sabrina Serino is an associate in the Employment & Labour Group of Dentons Canada LLP's Toronto office. She advises employers on a broad range of labour and employment issues including employment standards, workplace harassment, discipline and termination, human rights and labour relations. Sabrina has represented employers in wrongful dismissal claims, grievance arbitrations and human rights claims. Outside of her active practice, Sabrina frequently publishes and speaks on noteworthy employment and labour law developments. Sabrina articled with Dentons in 2014-2015 and holds degrees from the University of Ottawa (J.D.) and the University of Toronto (B.A. Hons.).