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Students to be covered in new Sask workplace laws

Secondary and post-secondary students are to be covered under amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act.

The provincial government is bringing in the measures after consultations with stakeholders to improve occupational health and safety, say officials.

“It is important to regularly review our legislation and to hear directly from stakeholders on the impact of the legislation,” says Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan.

The Saskatchewan Employment (Part III) Amendment Act, 2022 includes the following changes:

  • The definition of a worker is being clarified to include secondary and post-secondary students so that they are covered by the provisions in Part III of the Act.
  • Require all employers to have a violence policy and investigate incidents of violence and harassment in the workplace.
  • Clarify the work and authority of occupational health officers to take photos and recordings during workplace inspections.
  • Authorize officers to exclude nominees from investigation interviews so the process is not influenced by third parties and workers are not led to believe that they are represented by a nominee who does not have the workers’ best interest in mind.
  • Housekeeping and general amendments necessary to keep the legislation relevant and aligned with other legislative requirements.

More details on the amendments are available on the Saskatchewan government website.

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