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New Provincial Workplace Legislation Enacted - January 1, 2018

Queen's working to assess and implement any required changes in the new Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act . 

After a lengthy review, the provincial government recently passed into law Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act . The Act will have an impact on universities across the province as it makes amendments to the provincial Employment Standards Act , Labour Relations Act , and the Occupational Health and Safety Act .

The Act is perhaps best known for its changes to the general minimum wage. It will rise to $14 per hour starting on Jan. 1, 2018, and then to $15 per hour in January 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. The Act also includes other changes that affect how employees are compensated, scheduled, and granted special leaves. Many of these changes will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, however, certain changes will come into effect this coming April, or in January 2019. In some cases, the changes may come into effect later where they affect the terms of a collective agreement already in place.

To learn more, visit the HR department's Legislative Policy Changes webpage .

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Ready for Winter Weather - December 10, 2017

In preparation for the full arrival of winter weather Queen's University has launched a new webpage detailing the decision-making process for responding to weather events as well as providing related information, links, and resources for Queen's community members.

The webpage also features sections with information specifically for students, employees, and department heads and supervisors.

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Electrical Equipment Certification SOP May 17, 2016

The Electrical Equipment Certification (SOP-Safety-08) has been updated

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OHSA Books 2016 Edition available to order

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that a copy of the Act and Regulations be posted in all workplaces.

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety has received ongoing funding to purchase copies of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (The Green Book) on behalf of departments. In order to establish this process, we need to know how many green books you will need for your department based on the number of safety boards that you have.

Please submit your order by May 27, 2016 at the following website:


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Health and Safety Awareness Training

Ontario Regulation 297/13 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force on July 1, 2014.

Under this regulation every employer in Ontario must ensure all workers and supervisors complete, or have completed, an awareness training program that meets the regulatory requirements. This is mandatory in all workplaces in Ontario.

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Queen’s is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The above Adobe Acrobat (pdf) and Word (doc) files are available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports upon request.

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