May 12, 2012

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Expanded Coverage in the Construction Industry

Effective January 1, 2013, Compulsory coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) is expanding to include independent operators, sole proprietors, partners and executive officers in the construction industry, who will be considered “deemed workers” under the Act, with certain exceptions. Clearance Certificates The principal responsible for retaining a contractor or subcontractor to…

November 10, 2004

Fighting an Order from a Health and Safety Inspector

Question: I am an employer who operates a textile plant in Windsor, Ont. Recently, an Occupational Health and Safety inspector came to our plant unannounced. After completing his tour he provided me with an order to fix one of my machines immediately. In his opinion the machine was unsafe and could not be used again…

September 3, 2003

Second Hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke can provide justification for quitting Halifax casino worker awarded Employment Insurance benefits after quitting Employers should take note of a recent decision of the Employment Insurance board. The case is of particular importance to employers in the hospitality industry. But all employers should consider the case in respect of an employer’s obligation to…

August 11, 2003

Workers Compensation and Lawsuits

Workers’ comp protects firms from lawsuits, but beware employees looking for loopholes Whether or not someone is considered a contractor may cloud the issue Most employers don’t have to worry about being sued by an injured employee. This is part of the historic trade-off of workers’ compensation schemes. But beware, injured employees may look for…

February 19, 2003

Accrual of Benefits on WSIB

Question: In Ontario , does an employee’s vacation time or sick day entitlements accrue while she is off on WSIB? Answer: Whether or not the employee’s entitlement to vacation time or sick days will accumulate while she is off on WSIB insurance benefits will depend on if there is an employment agreement or collective agreement…

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