Returning to work during COVID-19 raises questions about the steps that employers should be taking to train their employees and adapt their physical workplaces
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services
Regarding continuation of Building Inspection Services
On behalf of CFBA members, the CFBA reached out to the Honorable Minister Steve Clark of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, on March 20th, 2020 regarding the continuation of Building Inspection Services during COVID-19. The CFBA received the following response
Veterans provided with opportunities to transition into apprenticeships
In the face of more barn fires and higher losses, insurance companies want a role in how new barns are designed. (published in Ontario Farmer)
Skills Ontario is offering virtual Summer Camps in 2020, encouraging youth across Ontario to explore the skilled trades and technologies
It’s not exactly business as usual as construction sites open back up across the country. Without a vaccine or herd immunity, there’s still a risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, so any business – including a construction site – that is reopening needs a plan for infection control.
Every construction project comes with its own set of risks – from fire and water damage to equipment theft, slips and falls, cyber-attacks and even infection control.
These risks not only vary in size and complexity but can also evolve over the course of a project. That’s why having proper worksite policies and procedures is so critical to avoiding hazards and potential accidents.
NFBA's Official Magazine: National FRAME
With the world shifting to a new state of risk awareness, construction companies will need a rapid recovery strategy to become more resilient in the post-COVID world.
Skills Ontario is pleased to host the 2020 Virtual Skills Ontario Contests, an online initiative for secondary students to test their skills in their chosen skilled trade or technology field. With contests in culinary arts, mechanical CAD, coding, welding, fashion design, and more, the Virtual Skills Ontario Contests offer secondary students a chance to virtually participate in a similar manner to the Skills Ontario Competition.
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for professional engineers and engineering in the province, installed Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC, as its 101st president and eighth woman to lead its Council during its virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on May 30.
Ontario’s new Construction Act (the “Act”) replaces the former Construction Lien Act (the “CLA”) which has been in effect since 1983. The Act contains the most sweeping set of reforms governing construction payment obligations that the industry has seen in more than a generation.
Report for the Labour Management Network. Ontario injury and fatality statistics in Construction.
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has updated its Guide to dealing with onerous contract conditions for their partner associations.
It has now been more than two months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Since then, our country, along with the rest of the world, has been forced to make changes to the way we operate both in business and in our personal lives.
Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Briefing Note: On May 29, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that provides relief to any employer that temporarily laid off a non-union employee or reduced non-union employee wages and/or hours due to COVID-19. The regulation largely exempts any such layoff or reduction from being deemed a termination of employment, so that there is no obligation to provide ESA notice and severance.
RSM Building Consultants hosted a webinar on cannabis facility requirements mandated by the Ontario Building Code. To view / listen to the webinar recording
Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (“ODACC”) is responsible for administering construction-related adjudications. Adjudication and prompt payment provisions of the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. Certain disputes can now be referred to adjudication, including:
• the valuation of services or materials;
• payments under a contract;
• notices of non-payment;
• holdbacks; and
• any other matter that the parties to the adjudication agree to.
YouTube link to May 22nd 2020 webinar. Commentary covers the following issues and topics:
- What is adjudication?
- How much does adjudication cost?
- How to commence an adjudication.
- How to select an adjudicator.
- What are the benefits of adjudication?
- How to become an adjudicator.
As federal and provincial governments begin to re-open the economy amid COVID-19 recovery, organizations of all industries and sizes are determining their return-to-work strategies and plans. While every organization is different, there are fundamental questions that should be answered as part of your return-to-work plans.
This presentation will provide some insight to help guide organizational leaders in the development of return-to-work programs. The focus – assisting organizations with answering the critical questions of:
Can You? – Answering are you allowed to return to work.
Should You? – Making the decision to return to work.
How Do You? – Operationalizing how to return to work.
As government orders are lifted, employers will enter uncharted territory. Sherrard Kuzz LLP has a deep understanding of the pandemic’s impact on businesses and industries, and how to work through the related workplace issues. To help you get started, they have developed the following complimentary Return To Work considerations.