COVID-19 and WCB Coverage

“Workers covered by….(WCB) legislation would be unable generally to sue their employer but would have to utilize that mechanism, although Workers’ Compensation branches in different provinces have issued bulletins and have different policies respecting who might be covered.

Given the two-year limitation period, we may not see these lawsuits for some time, but a harbinger may be a case involving Walmart Inc. Management at that store had been told by several workers that there were safety issues, but it did little to address them.

A Walmart employee in Illinois contracted COVID-19 and died. As result, his estate is suing the retail giant for several million dollars. There’s no reason why this same lawsuit could not occur and be ultimately successful in Canada, subject to workers’ compensation legislation.”

—Howard Levitt, senior partner of Levitt LLP, employment and labour lawyers.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Leave a Reply


About Me

Ben Barfett, Principal and Consultant, has spent his life in the construction sector, specifically heavy civil, enviro, commercial, and energy. Having held senior roles in business development, technical advisory, and regional management, he earned his stripes in the field and in head office. Conscious of the interplay between commercial, legal, and execution aspects of construction, his business insights are informed by expertise in WCB policy and enhanced with disability-specific training. 

Recent Posts

Blue Collar Consulting

Blue Collar Consulting is a WCB and disability management firm. The company specializes in rapid and affordable disability solutions that advance current claims, contain the cost of future claims, and get injured workers back on their feet. 

Sign up for our Newsletter

Stay in touch and receive our latest updates for WCB in Alberta.