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Briefing Notes

Work-Related COVID-19 Infection Will Now Impact Employer’s WSIB Individual Rating

September 23, 2022

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently announced a change to how it will cost COVID-19 related claims. Effective July 1, 2022, the cost of a COVID-19 related claim which arose on or after July 1, 2022 will be allocated to the individual Schedule 1 employer. Prior to this change, the WSIB did not allocate the costs of a COVID-19 claim to the individual employer, but instead distributed those costs across all employers in Schedule 1.  In the past, many employers may not have challenged COVID-19 related claims because employers were not financially impacted on an individual level. This is no longer the case.

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL)- UPDATE

July 22, 2022

As discussed in our earlier briefing note, on April 29, 2021, the Government of Ontario amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) to entitle an employee to up to three days of paid IDEL between April 19, 2021 and September 25, 2021. That latter date was initially extended to December 31, 2021, and then to July 31, 2022. It has now been extended to March 31, 2023. All other components of the paid IDEL program remain unchanged.

Speaking Engagements

September 27, 2022 | Daryl Seupersad
September 29, 2022 | Matthew P. Badrov, Zack Lebane


Each year we are happy to host law students interested to learn about employment and labour law, employer-side.  If your law school has an employment and labour law club (or equivalent) and you’d like to organize a visit, please contact our Managing Director, Rhonda Cohen, at rcohen@sherrardkuzz.com or 416.603.6243.  We look forward to meeting you!

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