Workplace Health & Safety

Overview

Miller Thomson has a long and successful record in assisting clients in relation to workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation/workplace safety and insurance. When necessary, we represent employers in protecting their interests in all types of litigation concerning health and safety and workers’ compensation issues. Our team practices in employment law, human rights, labour relations and environmental regulation – areas where Miller Thomson is a recognized leader.

Workplace safety regulation has grown exponentially and fines for convictions have increased significantly. With Bill C-45, workplace health and safety has taken on a criminal law dimension. A cornerstone of our practice is to provide proactive support, advice and guidance, permitting senior management to make sound decisions or develop policies that minimize the risk of non-compliance and potentially expensive and protracted tribunal or court proceedings.

Our expertise includes:

Health and Safety

  • Due diligence
  • Designing and implementing compliance systems
  • Internal audits
  • Training
  • Policy development
  • Investigations
  • Written and oral advocacy to safety inspectors, arbitrators, labour boards and safety tribunals
  • Appeals of orders
  • Defending prosecutions
  • Inquests

Workplace Harassment, Violence and Bullying

  • Policy development
  • Training
  • Investigations
  • Advocacy before arbitrators, human rights tribunals and the courts

Workers’ Compensation/Workplace Safety and Insurance

  • Claims management
  • Early and safe return to work policies
  • Re-employment obligations
  • Assessment of modified duty requests
  • Employer classification, registration and premium issues
  • Written and oral advocacy in relation to boards and tribunals

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