A number of human resources and general managers were in attendance on Monday at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga for an information session put on by COPA and CHHMA for their members.
The seminar entitled “Is HR Ready for This? Mental Health, Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Harassment” provided updates on the changes and new aspects to several employment acts in Ontario which are taking effect in the New Year including:
- Bill 127 – Changes to the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (WSIA) regarding workplace chronic mental stress;
- Bill 148 – The Fair Workplaces, Better Job Act including increases to the minimum wage among many other changes;
- Bill 132 – Update on the changes made a year ago to the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in regards to workplace harassment;
- Federal Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act – The legalizing recreational marijuana and the implications for the workplace.
Top-rated expert Viki Scott, a human resources and employment consultant and president of Scott & Associates, along with representatives from Blaney-McMurtry LLP, a firm specializing in labour and employment law, were on-hand to take attendees through the changes and what companies need to be ready for as well as answer a number of questions from those in attendance.
Feedback from the presentation was very positive and we thank all the presenters for taking the time to speak to our members and the advice that was provided. We hope to conduct some further info sessions on these and other potential HR topics in the coming months.
This event counted towards HRPA and other professional credits. Attendees may contact Nicole Gamble to request a copy of the presentation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your HR management would be interested in further information on these employment act updates and possibly joining the COPA HR Peer Network Group that meets throughout the year to discuss HR issues and best practices, please contact Nicole Gamble at email@example.com or 905-624-9462 ext. 223.