Stressing over worker’s compensation in Ontario

New Ontario legislation expanding benefits eligibility to include more mental health injuries in 2018

In 2014, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Appeals Tribunal found that it was unconstitutional to require work-related stress to be traumatic to be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, this requirement effectively remained in place for years. Now, the Ontario legislature has passed Bill 127, which enshrines in law the eligibility of both traumatic and chronic work-related stress. Employment and human rights lawyer Joel Smith looks at what this may mean for employers.

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