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
- Policy development
- Written and oral advocacy to safety inspectors, arbitrators, labour boards and safety tribunals
- Appeals of orders
- Defending prosecutions
Workplace Harassment, Violence and Bullying
- Policy development
- 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
Paul Devine comments on a WorkSafeBC ruling concerning the death of a roofer at the vacation home of former BC Premier Gordon Campbell.
He is interviewed on CBC Radio in Victoria and Vancouver, and quoted in the Vancouver Sun.
Amy Groothuis and Jon Danyliw present on “Hiring, Disciplining & Terminating Employees”
Our Labour & Employment lawyers are speakers for Square One’s Business Growth Tools Luncheon on “Hiring, Disciplining & Terminating Employees”. Amy Groothuis presents the Regina session and Jon Danyliw is the presenter in Saskatoon. More information here: Regina | Saskatoon
Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber speak at the HR Undefined Event on Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber present at the HR Undefined 2018 event put on by CPHR Alberta on Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace on April 11, 2018.
Gerald Chipeur, Q.C. & Cole Lefebvre speak on managing your duty to accommodate in the workplace
Gerald Chipeur Q.C. and Cole Lefebvre speak at Infonex 13th annual event; Managing Your Duty to Accommodate: keeping up with the latest, significant changes in workplace accommodation August 22-23 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.
Edmonton Occupational Health and Safety Seminar: What All Employers Need To Know
Tom Duke, Jill Wilkie and Dan Stachnik host a complimentary breakfast seminar on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This seminar will focus on recent changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. Date: Tuesday, May 15,...
Calgary Occupational Health and Safety Seminar: What All Employers Need To Know
Laura Mensch, Stephen Torscher and Teri Treiber host a complimentary breakfast seminar on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This seminar will focus on recent changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. Date: Thursday, May 17,...
Droit de l’emploi : Quoi faire lorsque vous devenez un employeur?
Votre entreprise connait une croissance exponentielle et vous songez embaucher? Vous avez mis des processus RH en place mais vous doutez de leur efficacité? Participez à ce « Lunch & Learn » d’une heure présenté à La Gare|Espace collaboratif et...
Coffee Talk: Return to Work Accommodation for Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions
Miller Thomson’s Health Industry Group hosts a complimentary webinar/audio conference on November 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., entitled “Return to Work Accommodation for Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions”, presented by David Tsai . This Coffee Talk will include a discussion of...
Edmonton Construction Seminar – Update
This seminar focuses on: Claims Avoidance Contract Drafting and Risk Management Workplace Health and Safety, and Workplace Conduct Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Presentation Location: Holiday...
Get Ready: New Occupational Health and Safety Legislation Will Soon Be in Effect in Alberta
Following closely on the heels of its changes to the Labour Relations Code and the Employment Standards Code, Alberta has passed new occupational health and safety legislation. Employers must quickly get up to speed on these changes, as most of...
Alberta Court of Appeal Allows Apportionment of Fault for an Accident Between a WCB-Covered Employer and a Non WCB-Covered Party
The Alberta Court of Appeal has just released McIver v. McIntyre (“McIver”), a decision that should help vehicle owners, leasing companies, insurers, and employers, sleep a little easier at night. In McIver, the Court found that a worker who was...
The Importance of Workplace Safety
With the 2014 introduction of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, and the repeal of The Occupational Health and Safety Act, fines for workplace fatalities in Saskatchewan rose to a maximum of $1.5 million for a corporation, and up to $500,000 for...
The Right to Be Wrong: Supreme Court of Canada Lowers the Causation Bar on Occupational Disease and Injury
On June 24, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada provided considerable latitude to decision makers regarding occupational disease and injury in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal) v. Fraser Health Authority (“Fraser Health”). Fraser Health concerned three technicians at a...
Additional WorkSafeBC Powers and Employer Obligations Come into Effect
Increased powers granted by the BC Government to WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ compensation insurer, are now in effect. Along with these changes, employers are now under additional obligations with respect to workplace incident investigation and reporting. These changes come by...
Ontario Proposing Changes to Legislation for Injured Workers, Broader Public Sector and Firefighters
The Ontario Legislature has introduced Bill 109: the Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, (the “ELSLAA”) which, if passed, will amend three separate acts impacting workers and labour relations in Ontario: the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the...