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Occupational Health and Safety

Whether you’re involved in agribusiness or oil and gas, manufacturing, construction or transportation – in fact, whatever your business – McInnes Cooper’s labour and employment lawyers can advise you in all aspects of workplace occupational health and safety. Our range of practice runs the gamut from regular review of best practices to representing employers in alcohol and drug testing related disputes.

The workplace occupational health and safety services we provide to our clients include:


  • Policy Development and Review
  • Training
  • Occupational Health and Safety Audits
  • Work Refusals
  • Workplace Accident, Injury and Fatality Advice and Representation


Legal Update: NS Workers’ Compensation Board Issues New Policy for Psychological Injury Claims
April  7, 2014

<p align="left">On March 31, 2014 the NS Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) issued a new policy applicable to its adjudication of psychological injury claims under the NS <i>Workers’ Compensation Act</i>.  The new policy clarifies the WCB’s approach to compensation for stress resulting from an “acute reaction to a traumatic event”:</p> <p align="left"> </p> <ul> <li><b>Criteria.</b> Claimants must

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Legal Alert: SCC Clarifies Workers’ Compensation Criteria for Federal Employees
March 31, 2014

<p align="left">On March 28, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada resolved the confusion about whether and how provincial workers’ compensation laws apply to claims of federal government employees under the federal workers compensation law (the <i>Government Employees Compensation Act</i>):</p> <p align="left"> </p> <ul> <li><b>Provincial Law Unless “Conflict”. </b>Provincial workers’ compensation laws (including relevant policies) apply to

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Legal Alert: SCC Confirms Marine Liability Act Does Not Oust Workers Compensation Bar
August  6, 2013

<p>On August 2, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that workers’ compensation legislation still bars an injured worker (or his dependents, if the accident was fatal) from suing an employer with respect to the injury (or fatality) when:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>the federal <i>Marine Liability Act</i> applies; and</li> <li>a worker is injured or killed in

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Legal Update: Privacy Trumps Safety As SCC Strikes Down Employer’s Mandatory Random Alcohol Testing Policy
July  2, 2013

<p align="left">On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in <i>Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 v. Irving Pulp &amp; Paper, Ltd </i> unanimously confirmed that in weighing two fundamental -  and at times contradictory – workplace interests, privacy trumps safety: an employer cannot unilaterally adopt a mandatory random alcohol testing policy

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Legal Alert: SCC Strikes Down Employer’s Mandatory Random Drug Testing Policy
June 14, 2013

<p>On June 14, 2013, in its highly anticipated decision in <i>Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ Union of Canada, Local 30 v. Irving Pulp &amp; Paper, Limited</i>, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the original arbitration board decision to strike down the employer’s mandatory random alcohol testing policy.  The majority of the SCC decided that:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul>

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