Atlantic Employers’ Counsel – Spring 2014
The Editor’s Corner
This edition focuses on employment and labour issues in Construction. From occupational health and safety legislation to what you need to know when the union organizer arrives at your workplace. We also cover off the general labour and employment differences between non-union and union construction sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rebecca Saturley and Michelle McCann
Workplace injury and death is highest in the construction industry. In 2008, the Federal Government recorded an average of 24.5 injuries annually per 1,000 employees in the construction industry. Given these statistics, it is in a construction employer’s best interest to take all reasonable measures to ensure safety on construction worksites.
Clarence Bennett and Alison Strachan
Effective health and safety programs must meet provincial occupational health and safety standards and employers must always exercise due diligence in taking steps to meet those standards. Ongoing enforcement of a health and safety program is a must. If not, it is arguable that the employer is not meeting its due diligence requirements and may face unnecessary difficulty defending an occupational health and safety prosecution.
Rick Dunlop, Sacha Morisset, Stephen Carpenter and Stephen Penney
Non-union employers in Atlantic Canada’s construction industry should be aware of the relative ease with which they can become unionized and the significant impact that unionization can have on the operation of their businesses.
Has your Newfoundland-based construction company recently been certified by a union, or are you contemplating the use of a union subcontractor on your worksite? There are a number of unique features of the construction industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. This article will make you aware of just a few of them.
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