Independent contractors included for safety committee requirement

Joint health and safety committee required at Ontario workplaces with 20 or more workers, including contracts, says appeal court

Employers in Ontario are required to establish joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) at workplaces where 20 or more employees are regularly employed, according to the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). However, the phrase “regularly employed” refers not just to employees, but also to independent contractors who regularly work at the workplace, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

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