On April 20, 2009, the Ontario Minister of Labour introduced Bill 168, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), 2009 (the “Bill”). The Bill follows the Ministry’s consultation paper requesting feedback on potential workplace violence legislation from the fall of 2008. If passed, it would amend parts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). These amendments impose new duties on employers to address violence and harassment in the workplace in the form of policies, programs, risk assessments, and the provision of information to workers where a person has a history of violence. The amendments apply generally to all employers, however, there are provisions that are of particular concern to health care providers should the Bill become law.

type Health Law Bulletin – July 2009 – Proposed Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Regarding Violence and Harassment in the Workplace