Ontario’s workplace violence bill could use some major alterations (Guest commentary)

Provisions in Bill 168 concerning domestic violence and disclosure of information unlikely to prevent violence and apt to cause problems for employers
By Norm Keith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/13/2009

Peter Fonseca, Ontario’s minister of labour, introduced Bill 168 as a cure to the many problems brought to light by the coroner’s inquest into the tragic workplace murder of Lori Dupont, a nurse at a hospital in Windsor, Ont.

The inquest was the third in less than 10 years to recommend the government of Ontario take steps to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to deal with the issue of workplace violence.

Bill 168, an act to amend the OHSA to prevent and manage workplace violence and harassment, received first reading on April 20, 2009.