More on Workers’ Compensation & Mental Distress Claims

As discussed in a recent post, amendments to Ontario’s workers’ compensation laws now allow for claims for workers’ compensation benefits based on claims for mental distress. This is having a severe impact on civil claims in which the employee has asserted “unfair conduct” leading to claims for aggravated damages due to emotional distress. There, are, […]

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Workers’ Compensation & Claims for Mental Stress

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act provides Ontario employees with insurance benefits for workplace illnesses or injuries, and in exchange for that coverage, it removes the right of an employee to bring a civil claim against their employer for said injuries. This is commonly understood for physical illnesses or injuries suffered on the job, but […]

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Workers’ Compensation & Return to Work

Accommodation of a Medical Disability under Workers’ Compensation Law Human Rights Law The issue of the duty to accommodate a medical disability has been reviewed in a previous post. In brief, this obligation requires the employer to consider the nature of the employee’s medical disability and accommodate or adjust the work environment with proper regard […]

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Sexual Harassment Claims and new Workers’ Compensation Law

Sexual Harassment & Workers’ Compensation The pending amendments to Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Act, to be effective January 1, 2018 basically lowers the threshold for a claim based on emotional trauma where the worker has suffered “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising out of and in the course of employment. This new law may have a […]

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