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Human Resources Guide to Health and Safety, Fifth Edition
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-7838-3
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 280 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Publisher: Carswell
Availability: In Stock


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Understand the employer's obligations under three major pieces of health and safety legislation in the workplace

HR practitioners are responsible for mitigating the costs resulting from accidents, injuries and illnesses in the workplace. In order to manage and create effective organizational health and safety programs, they need to understand the employer's obligations under three major pieces of health and safety legislation in the workplace.

This book deals with the employer's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (return to work) and the Criminal Code amendments under Bill C-45 (personal liability for criminal negligence resulting in the death/injury of employees). The authors provide expert commentary and practical compliance solutions including sample policies and documents, checklists and an index to make the process of gathering health and safety information as quick and straightforward as possible.



  • Bill 132, which introduced new obligations on employers with respect to workplace harassment.
  • Updates on sentencing for offenses under OHSA.
  • Major changes to the WHMIS system in Canada as a result of the implementation of GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
  • Penalties for reprisals against employees who make OHSA complaints.
  • Practical tips on responding to work refusals.
About the Author

Jamie Knight, LL.B., is a partner in the Hamilton and Toronto offices of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. The firm is the Canadian partner in L&E Global, a worldwide affiliation of employers' counsel, with member firms from throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Knight has over 30 years of experience representing management in all areas of Employment and Labour law. He is Chair of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers ("CACE"). He has also authored or co-authored some 20 publications for use by human resource professionals and lawyers on labour relations, health and safety, human rights, and wrongful dismissal.

Carla V. Black, LL.B., is a partner in the Toronto office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Carla attended Dalhousie University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2003, and a Bachelor of Laws in 2008. Carla worked with the firm as an articling student before joining the firm as an associate upon being called to the Bar in 2009. Carla has authored or co-authored numerous publications and papers on various topics in labour and employment law, and was a Contributing Editor of the Canadian Labour Relations Board Reports from 2010 to 2012. While in law school, Carla published several academic articles on health policy, and prepared a report on workplace mental health for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Carla has lectured on employment law at universities and at various human resources conferences in Ontario. She is the current Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Executive.p>

Diane Laranja, J.D., is an associate in the Toronto office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Diane obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law program. She seconded with the Ontario Labour Relations Board during her articles. While in law school, Diane also completed course internships with Canada Post’s Labour Relations department, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and the Public Service Labour Relations Board. She was a member of the first place team at the Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot in Vienna, Austria against 263 other law schools. Prior to law school, Diane graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Management and a minor in Human Resources Management. Diane regularly presents at human resources conferences and seminars on health and safety in the workplace and disability accommodation and has conducted various management training sessions. She practices in all areas of employment and labour law, with a particular emphasis on grievance arbitration, occupational health and safety, employee issues, and construction labour relations. Diane currently sits on the Safety Communications Committee and Board of Directors for the Ontario Electrical League. She is also a past Vice President and Board Member of the Canadian Association for Women in Construction.

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