Ontario Tables PTSD Legislation

On February 18, 2016, the Ontario government tabled Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), 2016, amending the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 and the Ministry of Labour Act. If passed, Bill 163 would create a statutory presumption in favour of granting workers’ compensation benefits to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic…

PTSD Strategy Announced by Ontario

On February 1, 2016, the Ontario government announced new initiatives designed to address post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) suffered by first responders. The initiatives build on the feedback received by the government at its Summit on Work-Related Traumatic Mental Stress, hosted by the Minister of Labour in March 2015. In this FTR Now, we review these…

Law Enforcement Services

Topic Recent Trends and Key Decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario – Police Services and Employment

Ontario Moving Closer to Creating Statutory Presumption for PTSD Claims Made by Emergency Response Workers

Managing mental illness flowing from workers’ compensation claims may become more difficult for emergency management services employers in Ontario. On February 27, 2014, Bill 67, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), 2014, passed Second Reading in the Ontario legislature with all-party support, and was referred to Committee for consideration. If passed,…

2013 Summer Edition

FOCUS ON WATERLOO Hicks Morley in Waterloo: nearly a quarter century…and counting LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS An update on Bill 168 – what we’ve seen to date Workplace safety – two small words that require an employer’s undivided attention PROFILE Police and beyond Download PDF

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Appeal in Mounted Police Association Case

The Supreme Court of Canada will be providing further clarification on the freedom of association guarantee in the Charter and the scope of collective bargaining. The Court has recently granted leave to appeal in Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada, where the Court of Appeal for Ontario found that a separate labour relations scheme…

Employment and Labour Law Update for Smaller Municipalities – Peterborough

At this conference you will receive invaluable information and guidance from Canada’s leading management side labour and employment law firm. This conference is intended for anyone who, as part of their responsibility within a municipality, has to manage employees. And, it is for those of you who must make those hard decisions about terminations, collective…