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November 2012 | Issue #30

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An Update From The Chief Prevention Officer

Much progress has been made since the summer: the new Prevention Council held its inaugural meeting and projects aimed at reducing workplace injuries and illness are well underway. Read about these developments, and about the structure of the Prevention Office and its three branches.

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Deductions From Wages

Whether at a gas station, a restaurant or another workplace, an employer can only make deductions from an employee’s wages in certain circumstances. Deductions from wages are not allowed for a cash shortage, or lost or stolen property if a person other than the employee had control over or access to the cash or property. Visit our new Deductions From Wages webpage for more information and resources. And sign up for a free information session on this and other employment standards.

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Underground Mines Blitz

In November and December, the ministry will focus on hazards at underground mines. Ministry inspectors will check for hazards involving the systems used to transfer ore inside underground mines.

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Blitz Results

This March, the ministry focused on high-risk construction trades with an inspection blitz. And in July, the ministry conducted a month-long inspection blitz of pits and quarries across Ontario. Read the newly posted blitz results to learn what inspectors found.

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Seasonal Flu

Flu season usually runs from October to early February. Influenza is a disease that affects millions of Canadians a year. For information for workers and employers on how to protect themselves – and other resources – visit the Flu and Your Workplace page.

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Summer Employment Standards Convictions

The ministry prosecutes persons and corporations for violations of the Employment Standards Act and its regulations. The prosecution and conviction statistics for July and August 2012 are now available.

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