London: Chronic Mental Stress Claims Under WSIB

Date and Time

Starts:09/20/2022 5:00 PM

Ends:09/20/2022 8:00 PM

Registration Closes:09/12/2022 8:00 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

1.5 CPD Hour(s)

Highland Country Club 1922 Highland Heights (off Commissioners Rd E, just west of Upper Queens St) London , Ontario


HRPA Members: $35 + HST | Full-time Student Members: $25 + HST | Non-Members: $70 + HST

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Additional Information

This is an IN-PERSON EVENT at Highland Country Club in LONDON.

Online registration is required. A “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

When registering please select just ONE of the menu options offered - Chicken or Salmon or Pork or Vegetarian.

Event Sponsor

Welcome to our first in-person event for Fall 2022!

As of January 1st, 2018, employees with work-related chronic or traumatic mental stress may be eligible for benefits from the WSIB under its new chronic mental stress (CMS) policy. This expanded entitlement for mental stress under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act means all employers, specifically those with stressful workplaces, will need to take additional steps to reduce workplace stress — including harassment, bullying and workload issues — and minimize the existence of substantial workplace stressors to limit costly, complicated stress-related lost time claims.

Explore how the WSIB has been applying these new provisions; what exposures employers have to increased claims; how to develop criteria for chronic mental stress investigations; and preventative measurers you can take now.

Learning Objectives:

At this session you will:

  • Explore how the WSIB has been interpreting and applying the new provisions under the CMS policy
  • Find out whether a failure to investigate claims of harassment, discrimination and violence in the workplace exposes employers to increased claims for chronic mental stress
  • Learn how to develop criteria for an acceptable CMS investigation process to prevent WSIB claims
  • Examine what preventative measures you can take to prevent chronic mental stress in the workplace


5:00 PM   Registration and Networking

5:30 PM   Dinner

6:30 PM   Speaker Presentation

8:00 PM    Event Concludes

Registration Closes:  September 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM.  No exceptions as we must provide attendee count and dietary restriction information to the venue in advance.

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at

Speaker bio(s)
Asha Rampersad

Asha’s main areas of practice include human rights litigation and accommodation issues, labour relations, and all facets of human resource law. Asha has represented major crown corporations, municipalities, and large private sector clients on a broad range of labour and employment matters, including human rights litigation; grievance arbitrations; AODA and human rights compliance; and occupational health and safety issues. Asha has experience conducting grievance arbitrations in the police service. Asha is a highly sought-after speaker who has been selected to speak at a number of employment and labour conferences across Canada and has significant expertise in the practice areas of diversity and inclusion training, human rights disability management, and accommodation issues, conducting workplace investigations. She has also been part of the faculty for the Osgoode PD Mental Health and Labour Certificate Programs and teaches constitutional law at Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to Asha’s extensive litigation and training experience, Asha has conducted numerous complex and highly sensitive workplace investigations, including investigations regarding: sexual violence sexual and gender-based harassment racial discrimination and harassment complaints discrimination and harassment on the basis of disability Asha has been trained on and uses a trauma-informed and anti-oppression lens when conducting investigations. She is also trained in and understands the intersectionality between grounds under the Human Rights Code. Asha has been quoted in the Law Times regarding an employer’s duty to investigate and has been published extensively in various newsletters and magazines, including the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour & Employment section, the Ontario Municipal HR Association’s Echo newsletter, Mondaq, Profitable Practice, HRM Canada and the Accessibility News regarding employers’ AODA obligations. Some of her topics include: Tackling Allegations of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and the Importance of Conducting an Investigation: Not Just a Human Rights Issue any Longer New Sexual Harassment Laws Passed in Ontario: Is your Practice Compliant? Mounting pressure on the Ontario government to reform WSIB laws denying entitlement for chronic mental stress claims The Employer Case for Effective Disability Management