Appealing a Workers’ Compensation Decision

Workers’ Compensation (WC) in Canada is no-fault. Since employees receive benefits instead of a determination of fault and negligence, employers pay insurance coverage premiums. Provincial WC Boards determine and administer benefits for claims within their jurisdiction. Each province has specific WC laws and policies, but the criteria for accepting claims are mostly similar. In all … Continued

How Safe Is Your Home Workspace?  

For many people, the past year’s work environment has been unprecedented. Employers asked their employees to pivot from the long-established office routines, and instead, work from home. Work-from-home arrangements necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are likely here for the long haul. Working from home will become permanent for some employees, at least for part of … Continued

ReedGroup Guide to Provincial Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Over the past few weeks, several provincial governments have passed legislation to temporarily provide employees impacted by COVID-19 with varying degrees of paid, job-protected leave. The primary intent of this legislation is to provide support for employees who have no sick leave plan and are required to take time off work as a result of … Continued

WCB Alberta: New Legislation in Effect

In December 2020, the Government of Alberta passed Bill 47: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act, outlining changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act. As of April 1, 2021, additional legislative changes have been put in place as well. Legislation in place as of January 1, 2021 Review workers’ compensation benefits if a worker is … Continued

The Ontario WSIB Funding Model: Where Are We Today

The dust is settling on the impact of the changes to the funding scheme of the WSIB, which came into effect on January 1, 2020. Over ten years ago, the need to revamp the financial system was ignited as the significant unfunded liability reached the “tipping point” of collapse. The debt obligations reached zero before … Continued