Bill 168 – Ontario Employers That Ignore Workplace Violence and Harassment Do So At Own Peril

Employers in Ontario have been legally required to provide a workplace free of violence and harassment since the enactment in 2010 of Bill 168, an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Since that time, many companies have developed and implemented the required policies and procedures, including training sessions to ensure everyone in the organization understands their responsibilities. Many, however, have done nothing.

It is my sense that some companies may be gambling that government enforcers will never visit and ask to review their Bill 168 compliance programs. What they are overlooking, however, is the fact that there is a good chance without policies in place that a harassment complaint or incident of violence will result in charges under the Act. Anyone found in violation of the Act faces fines of up to $25,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations. Additionally, offenders can be jailed up to 12 months.

The bigger liability risk, however, would come from a potential lawsuit by an employee put at risk because of a company’s lack of action to protect them. If your front-line managers have not been properly trained, they probably won’t be able to spot and deal with warning signals. For example, did you know that there is a direct link between incidents of domestic violence and violence in the workplace? That’s why domestic violence has been included in Bill 168 regulations.

Domestic violence is in fact the fastest growing type of workplace violence in Canada according to a study by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS). And about 70 per cent of domestic violence cases spill into the workplace according to the Journal of Occupational Health and Psychology. Many companies still believe that domestic violence is a private issue, and that they should not pry into the lives of their employees outside of the workplace. But ignoring the signs puts your business at risk that an abusive spouse will one day walk into the workplace and injure people.

Without a proper plan in place to meet the requirements of Bill 168, your business will face serious consequences. We have developed some simple steps to help businesses comply with the requirements of the act, while giving employees a sense of comfort that their workplace is a safe haven. It is a requirement that you develop and implement a policy for addressing workplace violence and harassment, and that you conduct a complete risk assessment, including:

– Review of past incidents;

– Employee survey to identify potential risk factors;

– Physical survey of the workplace;

– Complete inventory of potential risk and controls.

You must also develop and post a Policy and Procedures Manual:

– Tailored to your workplace;

– Includes tools for employees to report actual or potential risks.

Simply developing procedures is not enough. The government wants you to show that you have provided training so that everyone in your organization understands their responsibilities. This includes documentation to show:

– On or off-site training on the policy and procedures;

– Employees understand how to use reporting tools;

– Extra training for managers/supervisors;

– Proof that all employees fully understand the policies and procedures relating to workplace violence and harassment.

The Ontario government has indicated it is serious about preventing violence and harassment in the workplace. As an employer, you put your business, your employees, and yourself at risk by not dealing with the requirements of Bill 168. You cannot afford to ignore the issue of workplace violence and harassment.

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Slot Machine Basics

The first slot machine came into being in 1895. Since then, they have witnessed not much of evolution. While early slot machines contained three spinning wheels with a symbol, one of them being the jackpot figure, in modern machines the number of reels has been increased to five. The symbols vary from diamonds, spades, clubs, hearts to fruits. Similarly, while the earlier slot machines had only one row, the present ones have two to three horizontal rows, but only one acts as the pay off. Again, classical model had only one pay line, but today the machine can have as many as fifteen pay lines. The player can decide which one he chooses.

Almost all the slot machines are relatively similar. The one characteristic they differ on is the denomination. Some machines accept a quarter, while others can have five dollars as the acceptable denomination, depending on the intensity of the gambler.

An added attraction some machines today is the ‘double or nothing option’. This slot provides the winner with an option to double his earnings or loose it all. The first lesson in winning is to know the machine well. The denomination the machine accepts, the degree of risk involved etc are a few key points that the gambler should be aware of. Reading the instructions on the machine carefully helps this cause.

Gambling is now a legalized affair. Efforts are being made to legalize slot machines outside the casinos as well. Slot machines can be commonly found in casinos, Indian Reservations, and race tracks. Personal ownership of the slot machine is strictly regulated. One has to be cautious depending on the State laws. A common clause in all state laws is that the machine should either be an antique or a vintage. A machine manufactured twenty five years ago is usually considered to be an antique. Antique slot machines can be found with dealers, at trade shows, at auctions- these being the common sources.

Playing a slot machine is a game of chance. It is a gamble. The outcome of the game is completely random or is it so? The randomness of a machine can be regulated by the casino, to some extent, through computer software known as random number generators. While some machines promise frequent pay offs other are difficult to play with. An accepted and obvious fact is that the slot machines favor the casino.

A good winning strategy can be to play for longer durations on a single machine. Though the initial losses are high, the winning amount more than compensates for it.
With gambling being legalized, more and more casinos are springing up. This has also created more job opportunities. On such job would be that of a slot attendant. This person handles customer complaints, resets the machine after every jackpot, repairs the machines and ensures compliance to safety rules. Though this job is quite stable it is low paid.

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Win Big With Online Poker Software!

There can hardly be a poker lover who would deny bigger challenges once he completes the set of hurdles in his favorite poker site. It is the winning addiction that prompts players to hunt for bigger challenges. This is what the game is best known for- addiction! A poker player, who does not feel the urge to leap greater hurdles, cannot really be held as a true poker lover. As a matter of fact, this craze amongst the players to play different variants of the game have given an opportunity to gambling websites to make enormous profits.

There are hardly any free online sites that let you enjoy some interesting poker challenges. In fact, most of these exciting challenges are not available free of cost. There are poker sites that lend out pretty huge payouts but need the aid of online poker software. Poker software providers thus enjoy immense benefits on account of the huge demand for poker or any other gambling software.

Purchasing poker software requires the player to spare a little thought on the kind of games he wants to play. Before making a software purchase, one should ensure how to use it. There are multiple variants of poker games offered by online casinos, which run on different software programs. Some of the games require software to run. Hence, a little research is always welcome prior to settling for the poker software of your choice. An essential point to remember is the compliance of your computer operating system with the new poker software. In case you overlook to check this out, your purchase might turn out to be a complete waste.

Getting hold of poker software to play your favorite game is not much of a hassle. Besides, the software can fit every budget as the prices range from free to a few hundred dollars. However, purchasing expensive poker software does not call for greater monetary victories. A real big win can only be achieved through correct strategies. Little research on the player’s part would definitely go a long way in letting you choose the kind of game that you can make the most of. It’s wise to opt for the software that would allow you to play your game to optimum satisfaction.

Information on poker software provider is available over the Internet. Amateurs need to brush up their search criteria in case they find difficult to land up in a trusted poker site. One can check out an amazingly rich set of gambling online resources for more information about poker software downloads. The steps to an online poker thrill are just a few clicks away. All you need to do is to purchase, download and enjoy the excitement of bigger challenges.

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