First Reference Monitor - February Edition
Learn the LatestTM at the 2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

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This month's newsletter covers the latest in health and safety training to make sure you have all the information you need to comply with the mandatory rules imposed by Ontario. Next we go to Newfoundland and Labrador where an arbitrator decided to uphold an employer's just cause termination for some extremely offensive, threatening and downright inappropriate Facebook comments. The last article in this month's First Reference monitor covers the Employer Health Tax (EHT) relief to small businesses. The Ontario government has tabled legislation to increase the exemption for the Employer Health Tax starting January 1, 2014 and ending in 2018.

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Ontario imposes mandatory occupational health and safety training for workers and supervisors

Ontario Regulation 297/13, Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will explicitly require that workers and supervisors receive basic occupational health and safety training as of July 1, 2014.

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Offensive, threatening and inappropriate Facebook comments just cause for termination

A Newfoundland and Labrador arbitrator decided to uphold an employer's just cause termination for some extremely offensive, threatening and downright inappropriate Facebook comments related to the workplace and posted by an employee.

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Ontario exemption for Employer Health Tax increasing in 2014

The Ontario government passed Supporting Small Businesses Act, 2013 (formerly Bill 105). The changes mean 88 percent of private-sector employers in Ontario effective January 1, 2014, are now be exempt from paying the Employer Health Tax (also know as a payroll tax or EHT).

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