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What is workplace violence?
Under Ontario Bill 168 now known as Section 32 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario OHSA), workplace violence is defined as:   The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker; An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker; or A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker. 
What are the requirements for Ontario Employers? The law breaks down into a series of steps that every employer must take. These include: Develop written policies that are posted with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment. Conduct a risk assessment for workplace violence. Develop a workplace violence and harassment program. Inciden…
The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)
The Basics
This information is from The Ministry of Labour

1. Payday
Expect a regular pay day and a pay stub that is clear. Keep a record of the hours that you work.

2. Deductions from wages
Some employers require you to pay for your uniform. Deductions from your wages to pay for a uniform may be made only if you agree in writing to have a specified amount deducted.
If a customer leaves without paying, or your error costs your employer money, that amount cannot be deducted from your wages.

3. Tips and other gratuities
Employers cannot withhold tips and other gratuities from employees or make deductions from their employees’ tips to cover things like spillage, breakage, losses or damage, etc. However, employers can make deductions from employees’ tips and other gratuities if it is authorized by statute or a court order, or if the amount will be distributed to other employees as part of a tip pool.

4. The Employment Standards Poster
The Employment Standard…
Mumps Outbreak Investigation
The compiled information is from Toronto Public Health, February 28, 2017
Toronto Public Health is seeing a rise in mumps cases in the city among 18-35 year olds.  Currently, there have been 18 confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto in 2017 (as of noon on February 28, 2017).  Increased mumps activity has also been noted in Winnipeg and Western Canada hockey teams.
Mumps infection and spread during outbreaks
The mumps virus is found in saliva and respiratory droplets. It is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and coming into contact with a person's saliva by sharing drinks or utensils, food or water bottles, or by kissing. A major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team or living in a dormitory with a person who has the mumps

If you are unsure of your vaccination status, contact your healthcare provider or if you attended school in Toronto, …