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When a Pool is just a Pool: ONCA Overturns Blue Mountain

“Sometimes a swimming pool is just a swimming pool.” So says the Ontario Court of Appeal in handing down its highly anticipated decision in Blue Mountain Resorts Limited v. Ontario (The Ministry of Labour and The Ontario Labour Relations Board), which overturns the decisions of the Ontario Divisional Court and the Ontario Labour Relations Board…

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New WSIB policies concerning mandatory coverage in the construction industry under Bill 119

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) has just published a host of new policies dealing with mandatory coverage in the construction industry pursuant to Bill 119. Some of these are new policies : 12-01-06, Expanded Compulsory Coverage in the Construction Industry 14-02-18, Insurable Earnings – Construction 14-02-19, Clearance Certificate in Construction 22-01-10, Offences and…

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WSIAT: “Unfair” to calculate average earnings of injured worker by taking into account non-earning period that was due to voluntary quit

When a worker suffers a compensable workplace accident, the level of benefits he or she receives under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997  (“WSIA”) depends on a calculation of the worker’s “average earnings”. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) determines average earnings by taking into account a number of factors set out under…

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Bulletin Board Roll Call: Mandatory Workplace Posters in Ontario

On October 1, 2012, all workplaces must have the Ministry of Labour’s new workplace poster “Health and Safety At Work – Prevention Starts Here”. We think this is a good time to check that your company has put up all the workplace posters required in Ontario. Check that you have: “What You Should Know About…

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