When working out doesn’t work out

Employer liability for workers’ fitness-related injuries
By Andrew Ebejer and Carissa Tanzola
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2014

To promote healthy living and encourage physical fitness, many employers provide on-site fitness facilities, contribute to private gym membership fees or sponsor recreational sport leagues.

But could an employer be liable if a worker is injured while participating in these fitness initiatives? The answer is yes.

Regardless of whether the activity takes place on or off an employer’s premises, an employer can be exposed to several types of liability, including workers’ compensation surcharges, disability insurance claims, civil actions and occupational health and safety orders or penalties.