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Feb 23, 2023

By Kelsey Orth


There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had an enormous effect on not just individual employers, but on the very system of employment in C...

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Aug 24, 2021

By Rob Boswell

Morningstar Rises Again. Ontario Divisional Court quashes WSIAT decision.

In November 2019, I reviewed a landmark decision of the WSIAT (Decision No. 1227/19) that, on an application by the employer to determine the right...

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Jul 9, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Proposed Bill Presuming WSIB Coverage for COVID-19 Claims Quietly Passed First Reading

The Ontario government is somewhat quietly considering just the latest in a long line of legislative amendments aimed at addressing the consequence...

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Mar 14, 2019

Time to Re-Think Accommodation Lists? WSIB Injuries Can Be Given Preferential Treatment

The Ontario Divisional Court has upheld the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision of Carter v. Chrysler Canada Inc. which found that an employer w...

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Mar 1, 2019

By Rob Boswell


The WSIB has established an operational policy setting out guidelines for entitlement to, review of, and payment for medical cannabis under the Wor...

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Feb 22, 2018

Arbitrator Finds Losses Stemming from Mental Stress Caused by Workplace Harassment or Discrimination are Compensable Under Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

A recent decision of the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board (“GSB”) has provided some much needed clarity as to under what circumstance...

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Jan 4, 2018

2017 In Review: A Look Back At The Top Cases And Key Legislative Changes That Impacted Your Workplace

With major legislative amendments made to the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety ...

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Nov 28, 2017

By Rob Boswell

STRONGER, FAIRER ONTARIO ACT? Bill 177 Will Exponentially Increase Maximum Fines under OHSA and Broaden Mental Health Claims under WSIA

BS Good Letterhead (00054227.DOCX;1) On November 14, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Mea...

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Sep 7, 2017

The WSIB Discriminates Against Worker with Mental Health Issues

Affidavit of Service - KS - Feb. 20, 2014 (00063240.DOC;1) Affidavit of Service - KS - Feb. 20, 2014 (00063240.DOC;1) In a recent unique case bef...

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May 11, 2017

By Rob Boswell

Ontario to extend WSIB benefits for Chronic Workplace Stress

Affidavit of Service re transcripts (00110520.DOCX;1) On April 27, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 127 - the Stronger, Healthier Ontar...

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Jan 11, 2017

2016 In Review - A Look Back At The Top Cases And Key Legislative Changes That Impacted Your Workplace

2016 featured many significant decisions and legislative changes impacting employers. Over the course of the year, CCP blogged on these development...

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Nov 24, 2016

Increased Criminal Liability for a Breach of Provincial Health and Safety Law

Perhaps, according to the recent decision in R. v. Fournier!  In April 2012 a workplace accident from a collapsed trench wall resulted in a fa...

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Feb 22, 2016

By Rob Boswell

Presumptive WSIB Entitlement for First Responders with PTSD

On February 18th, following the leads of Alberta and Manitoba, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 163 – Supporting Ontario’s Fir...

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Jan 14, 2016

By Susan Crawford

Project Manager Gets 3.5 Year Prison Term for Workplace Negligence

  In the past we have reported on the Metron matter where, on December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies ...

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Sep 3, 2015

A Reckless Disregard for Safety is Cause for Termination

A recent Ontario arbitration decision has illustrated that a serious workplace safety incident can lead to termination. While the appropriateness o...

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Aug 20, 2015

Ontario Government Elevates Violence Prevention for Health Care Worker

In Ontario more than 550,000 people work at hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care workplaces.  The Ontario government reports ...

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Apr 9, 2015

By Rob Boswell

WSIB Proposes New Premium Rate Framework

Following consultation processes led by Harry Arthurs and Doug Stanley over the past few years, earlier this week the WSIB has released a set of te...

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Nov 21, 2014

By Mike MacLellan

Bill 18: Stronger Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act, 2014 Passed to Law

On November 20, 2014 Bill 18 received Royal Assent, meaning that the Ontario Legislature has passed into law some wide-ranging changes to the Emplo...

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