Chronic pain rules challenge workers’ compensation system in Nova Scotia

Supreme Court ruling could still have implications across country
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/28/2005

A 2003 Supreme Court of Canada decision is causing headaches at the Nova Scotia’s Workers’ Compensation Board and driving up premiums that are already among the highest in the country, according to a Nova Scotia employers group.

The Supreme Court ruled it was a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to in any way restrict the right to workers’ compensation benefits for anyone suffering from chronic pain.

Previously Nova Scotia limited benefits for chronic pain to four weeks.