Canadian employment agreements should include a Health and Safety Policy for new and renewing Canadian employees. There’s no legislation pertaining to the mandatory inclusion of a Health and Safety Policy in Canadian employment agreements. If your company prides itself on superior employee relations and compliance, it’s a policy you should include to maintain your superb track record!
The new Health and Safety Awareness Training -required for every employee in Ontario, is mandatory and enforced by the Ministry of Labour. After taking effect on July 1, 2014, many companies are unsure whether or not to include a statement about the new law into their Health and Safety Policies. Again this is not required by employment law but a smart business choice to state in the agreement with a signature acknowledgment from the employee, that they’ve obtained their “Worker Health and Safety Training Certificate”.
A good Health and Safety Policy should not only talk about the employers responsibilities but the expectation that the employee is committed to following these rules and regulations. Health & Safety is everybody’s responsibility.
A Good Health and Safety Policy will include:
Which work site and/or location(s) the policy will apply to.
A statement outlining the organizations interest in providing a safe and healthy workplace.
A statement outlining the employee’s responsibilities to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.
A statement outlining the organizations commitment to complying with current and new safety laws and regulations.
Your organizations views on Early and Safe Return to Work Programs.
The name and contact information of the person you will report health and safety concerns to.
Once you’ve drafted the perfect Health and Safety Policy for your Canadian workers, you should include it with their Canadian employment agreements and remember to abide by it!
With a Professional Employer Organization like The Payroll Edge on your side, your American based company can depend on reliable, compliant and up to date policies included as part of your Canadian employment agreements. The beauty of having a PEO is that you simply don’t have to worry about the to-do list when hiring and managing Canadian workers; your PEO or EOR takes care of that. Contact The Payroll Edge today to learn more about our Employer of Record (EOR) services.