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April 30, 2007

PARALEGAL UPDATE
(WORKERS' COMPENSATION REPRESENTATION FOR ONTARIO)

Licensing for Workers' Compensation Consultants/Representatives (with some exclusions and exemptions) in the province of Ontario comes into effect May 1, 2007.

There appears to be a great deal of confusion in the Workers' Compensation Arena on the definition of who is considered to be a "paralegal" and definition of providing "legal services"

I would urge all Workers' Compensation Representatives, especially those involved in representing employers or workers at a formal appeals body (eg. WSIAT) to review all the following websites, documents and articles to determine if in fact there is a concern that your work is qualified as a "legal service" as defined in the recent amendments to Bill 14 of the Access to Justice Act.

Review all highlighted areas in grey under the following website:

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/Statutes/English/90l08_e.htm

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/paralegals/

http://www.wsiat.on.ca/index.htm
and click under More

http://www.hrpao.org/HRPAO/GovernmentRelations/
Go to "Bill 14, Access to Justice Act"

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/shlep/2006/11/28/ontario-paralegals-to-be-regulated-by-the-bar/

For additional information about this very hot issue, please refer to the following articles/comments from Workers' Compensation experts:

Published article Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Review February 2007 Creighton Publishing
CLICK HERE

For comments by Michael Zacks April 11, 2007 Director (A) and General Counsel Office of the Employer Adviser CLICK HERE

For comments by Michael Zacks April 16, 2007 Director (A) and General Counsel Office of the Employer Adviser CLICK HERE

For comments by Colleen Stewart April 16, 2007 "Defining paralegal and legal services" CLICK HERE

For comments by Colleen Stewart April 16, 2007 regarding Health & Safety Newsgroup concerns. CLICK HERE

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