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WorkSafeBC has now published its three new Occupational Health & Safety Workplace Bullying & Harassment Policies. These policies create new obligations for employers, workers and supervisors related to preventing workplace bullying & harassment. They will be effective November 1, 2013. I will discuss these further in a subsequent post.
In a bizarre case the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered the reinstatement of a non-union applicant 10 years after she went on disability leave for an anxiety disorder, plus compensation for lost wages since 2003. My colleague Danielle Scorda assisted with this post about Fair v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, 2013 HRTO 440.
The applicant … Continue Reading
In a much anticipated decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that employers need only report workplace accidents when there is a nexus between the hazard giving rise to the death or critical injury and a realistic risk to worker safety at that workplace. The original decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which … Continue Reading
WorkSafeBC recently published an Interim Practice Directive on Mental Disorder claims under Section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act. For an update, please see my article in B.C. Human Resources Management Association’s (HRMA) online publication HRVoice.org.
An Ontario jury recently made an unprecedented decision related to workplace bullying against Walmart. As there are no formal written reasons for jury awards, the following discussion by Ryan Copeland is based on a number of reports on the case (see sources at the end).
Appropriate conduct in the workplace is ever changing. The most recent shift concerns bullying in the workplace, … Continue Reading
I have been discussing Bill 14 a lot this year. The British Columbia Court of Appeal has just issued a very significant decision related to the mental disorder provisions under the Workers Compensation Act (“WCA”). The case deals with the pre-Bill 14 language but is applicable to the new expanded language. The Court decided that … Continue Reading
In a prior post I discussed the changes to the “mental stress” provisions of British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011 that came into effect July 1, 2012. WorkSafeBC subsequently published its amended compensation policy C3-13.00 that will govern the determination of claims under the new “mental disorder” provisions. The Policy should be carefully reviewed … Continue Reading
Submissions to Worksafe BC due Friday, June 15. More to come …
Following on my earlier posts, Bill 14 received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012 (the last day of the Spring session of the legislature). The third reading version is here.
**This Bill received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012.
Also see part 1 – “B.C.’s Anti-Bullying Legislation”.
On Monday, May 28, 2012 the B.C. Provincial Government’s Orders of the Day again included the Ministry of Labour moving to amend Bill 14 (Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011). There are important changes from the amendments previously proposed to the … Continue Reading