eHealth paying $7 million to workers
TORONTO — eHealth Ontario is paying $7.16 million after settling a class-action lawsuit. Hundreds of workers sued the province’s electronic health records agency for $11 million after it failed to provide promised merit raises and bonuses in 2011. Under the proposed settlement, eligible employees will receive performance incentive awards for the fiscal year 2010-11, but no merit increases. eHealth will also pay $115,000 in legal costs, though law firms in such class-action suits can be eligible for up to 30 per cent of the settlement.
N.S. minimum wage rises
HALIFAX — The minimum wage in Nova Scotia will rise to $10.30 per hour on April 1, up from $10.15. The wage for an inexperienced worker, with less than three months’ experience in the work for which he was hired, will also rise from $9.65 to $9.80. Minimum wage increases in the province now occur annually and are based on the previous year’s national consumer price index.
Guest drowning not workplace accident
COLLINGWOOD, ONT. — A 2007 drowning at an Ontario ski resort cannot be considered a workplace accident, said the Ontario Court of Appeal. The ruling reverses decisions by the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Divisional Court, which found the accident fell under the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a death incurred by a person at a workplace. “(It) would make virtually every place in the province of Ontario... a ‘workplace’ because a worker may, at some time, be at that place,” the appeal court ruled. “This leads to the absurd conclusion that every death or critical injury to anyone, anywhere, whatever the cause, must be reported.”