Ontario Introduces Working for Workers Five Act, 2024

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…

WSIB Claims Management: Effective Approaches For Better Outcomes

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will introduce tools for effective and proactive WSIB claims management. Attendees will participate in hypothetical WSIB claim scenarios to apply the tools and strategies they have learned. Attendees will also receive helpful templates that they can adapt for their workplace return-to-work programs, as well as other written tools to assist with effectively managing their claims. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of our experienced WSIB practitioners.

Hicks Morley and 56 Partners Recognized in the 2024 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Hicks Morley has once again been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. The firm ranked “Most Frequently Recommended” for labour relations in Toronto, “Consistently Recommended” for pensions and employee benefits in Toronto as well as labour relations in Ottawa, Kingston, Waterloo and London, and “Repeatedly Recommended” in the construction sector in Toronto.

WSIB Revises Mental Stress Policies to Clarify Role of Witnesses

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…

Katherine Ford

Katherine ensures Hicks Morley’s lawyers are kept apprised of new developments in the law and legal practice, and she works with practice groups to incorporate these into the services they provide to clients.

Looking Ahead to 2024: A Newsletter for Social Services Employers

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…

Ensuring a Safe Holiday Party

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…

WSIB Publishes New Communicable Illnesses Policy

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…