Samantha Seabrook, a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, is chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety & Insurance practice group. Samantha’s practice primarily focuses on workers’ compensation, disability management and human rights.
Samantha’s advice is regularly sought on complex disability claims, where she assists provincially and federally regulated employers create policies and strategies tailored to the specific needs of their business. She represents employers on workers’ compensation matters, occupational health and safety prosecutions, short term and long term disability claims, and accommodation issues. Samantha regularly appears before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Appeals Services Division, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Provincial Offences Court, and Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Samantha is a regular writer and speaker on topics such as psychological health and safety in the workplace, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, accommodation, and human rights.
Arts & Sports Construction Education Energy & Utilities Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Manufacturing Media & Communications Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade Social Services Transportation & Warehousing
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation Sections)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace and PTSD Amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997”, Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Annual Labour Relations Update (May 12, 2016)
“Emerging Trends in Managing PTSD, Mental Health and Medical Marijuana Issues in the Workplace”, 2016 OSUM Conference and Trade Show (May 4 – 6, 2016)
“Implication of Bill 18”, Webinar (December 9, 2014)
Co-author, “Promoting Psychological Health and Safety”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse (Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014)
Co-author, “(De)Stressing Workers’ Compensation Claims”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse (October/November 2013)
Co-author, “New Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board initiatives for 2013”, International Law Office, Employment & Labour – Canada Section (May 22, 2013)
Co-author, “What constitutes a ‘reasonable’ investigation?”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse (April 2013)
Co-author, “Meeting the Duty to Investigate Will Depend on the Circumstances”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse (February 2013)
Contributing Author, “Acquisition of Bargaining Rights” (Chapter), Federal Labour Law and Practice, D. Gilbert et. al., 2013, Canada Law Book
Co-author, “Charting occupational health and safety change in Ontario”, 2011 International Law Office (November 23, 2011)
University of Toronto, J.D.
Carleton University, Baccalaureate of Arts (B.A., Concentration in Political Theory (Highest Honours)