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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/01/2013

Nova Scotia gets tough on offending employers

HALIFAX — Employers in Nova Scotia will be facing strict consequences if they put their workers at risk, according to the new penalty system proposed by the province’s labour minister.

On July 29, Frank Corbett, minister of labour and advanced education, announced a new penalty system that sees tougher fines for workplace safety infractions, as well as education and prevention programs for less serious offences. Corbett recommended the use of administrative penalties to discourage employers from breaking the labour code and health and safety practices. That means employers or workers found guilty of breaking safety laws will be subject to hefty fines — and even heftier for repeat offenders.