‘No more Westrays’

Bill C-45, also known as the “corporate killing” bill, passes into law
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/12/2004

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he House of Commons has passed Bill C-45 — also known as the corporate killing law — in a move that union leaders are hailing as a victory for workers.

The federal government passed the bill on Oct. 27. It is an amendment to the Criminal Code that will hold organizations, including corporations, criminally liable for the acts of their representatives that endanger their workforce. It also establishes a legal duty for all persons directing work (officers, directors, partners and employees) to take reasonable steps to ensure worker safety.