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Human Resources Guide to Health and Safety, Fifth Edition
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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., practises labour and employment law as a partner with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP in the firm’s Hamilton and Toronto offices. Jamie has thirty-five years of experience working with his clients to improve the effectiveness of their human resources relationships. Jamie represents employers in all aspects of dealing with their unionized and non-unionized employees. Jamie’s practice features wrongful dismissal, human rights, health and safety, privacy, labour board hearings, collective bargaining and labour arbitrations. Jamie is an author/co-author of some twenty publications — almost all in multiple editions. He is a teacher, frequent speaker, and pro-active advocate for workplaces that work.

Jamie has been on the Board of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) since 2008, President in 2017 and Past President in 2018. In 2017, Jamie was named the Canadian HR Reporter 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year, as selected by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In addition to a Band 1 ranking in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, Jamie has maintained a high ranking for many years in other respected sources in both categories of employment and labour law. In 2018, Jamie was elected as a Fellow of the U.S.-based College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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 with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP practicing in all areas of labour and employment law. Diane received a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 2012, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013. Diane also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, where she majored in Management with a minor in Human Resources Management. Diane has authored or co-authored several papers on various labour and employment topics. In her practice, Diane regularly advises employers on workplace human resource issues, with a particular emphasis on grievance arbitrations, construction labour relations, occupational health and safety, employee issues, and management training. Diane is also a Board Member of the Ontario Electrical League.