Sleep disorder argument put to bed

N.S. court overturns decision on shift work
By Joe Morrison
|Canadian Employment Law Today


On Jan. 25, 2002, the Nova Scotia Worker’s Compensation Appeals Tribunal delivered a wake-up call to employers across the country. As reported in the Nov. 13, 2002, edition of CELT (pages 2942 and 2943), the appeals tribunal issued a decision which made the unprecedented finding that the typical impacts of shift work, such as disturbance of regular sleep patterns and lingering tiredness, may, if severe enough, constitute a compensable injury.

Although the decision was based on Nova Scotia’s