Winning Cases at the WSIAT: A hands-on tutorial with the experts

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (All day)
Name of Organization: 
Lancaster House
Location: 
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

There are no "do-overs" for advocates who don't present their best case at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), the final level of appeal for both workers and employers disputing workplace safety and insurance decisions in Ontario. Given the finality of the WSIAT's decisions and the significance of those decisions to workers and employers, it behooves advocates to present polished, convincing arguments supported by appropriate evidence every time they appear before the Tribunal. Employer and worker representatives also require effective negotiation skills to make the best use of the WSIAT's new mediation procedures.Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios with the guidance of experienced advocates and adjudicators, participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Craft an effective advocacy strategy at all stages of an appeal, from receipt of a file to the end of the hearing
  • Make effective use of WSIAT's new mediation procedures
  • Gather and present persuasive evidence
  • Present compelling opening and closing statements
  • Effectively cross-examine witnesses
  • Deal with weaknesses in the case
  • Comply with professional obligations
  • Review WSIAT decisions for errors that warrant a request for reconsideration or an application for judicial review

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