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FTR Now

On May 6, 2024, the Ontario government introduced the Working for Workers Five Act, 2024 (Bill 190). Bill 190 proposes amendments to various employment-related statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Some of these proposed amendments were discussed in our FTR Now of…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 1, 2024, the following amendments made to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) by Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2024, will come into force. Additional Indexing Factor The WSIA currently permits annual adjustments to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits on the basis of an indexing factor, as…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has announced that minor revisions to the Operational Policy Manual documents 15-03-02, Traumatic Mental Stress and 15-03-14, Chronic Mental Stress are in effect as of March 1, 2024. As stated by the WSIB, the revisions are intended “to clarify the role of witness evidence in the adjudication of…

Reaching Out

Dear Friends, As we welcome 2024, we are back with another edition of Reaching Out. Over the last year, we have seen our social services clients continue to deal with budget challenges and labour shortages. Many are providing permanent and/or hybrid remote work arrangements, where possible, to attract and retain employees. Accordingly, we provide a…

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Ensuring a Safe Holiday Party

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The holiday season is a time for people to come together and celebrate. For many of us, this may include workplace parties. While the past few years have looked quite different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are back to embracing in-person workplace celebrations. No matter the size or type of workplace, all employers…

Human Resources Legislative Update

WSIB Publishes New Communicable Illnesses Policy

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Following public consultations, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has published a new operational policy on communicable illnesses (Policy), which will become effective December 1, 2023. The Policy defines a communicable illness as “an illness resulting from infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.” In order to be entitled to benefits for…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On November 8, 2023, the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce legislation that would include the following protections for injured workers: The government also announced it will be launching consultations on a new job-protected leave for employees who are dealing with a critical illness, such as cancer. This new leave would match the length…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 31, 2023, the Ontario government announced the average premium rate businesses pay to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will remain at $1.30 per $100 of insurable payroll for 2024. The WSIB provides wage-loss benefits and medical coverage to Ontario employees and is completely funded by employer premiums. Premium rates for employers…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and WorkSafeBC have made the following changes that may be of interest to employers. Ontario The WSIB has made changes to accident reporting timelines and the determination of average earnings for apprentices. Specifically, Operational Policy Manual 15-01-02 (Employers’ Initial Accident-Reporting Obligations) and Operational Policy Manual 11-02-01 (No…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 17, 2023, Ontario announced changes to the training requirements for working at heights. The province has updated both the program and provider standards for mandatory working at heights training, noting that falling from heights is one of the leading causes of workplace fatality in a number of industries including construction. Currently, workers on…