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Practice Direction:
WSIAT Code of Conduct for Representatives

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1.0 This Code recognizes that any person representing a worker or an employer has certain obligations and responsibilities toward their client, the Tribunal, and the opposing party. The Code sets out, broadly, the standards of behaviour that the Tribunal expects from any representative.

1.1 This Code does not apply to friends or family who may be present as “moral support” or to assist in an informal and unpaid manner. However, all persons who participate in hearings before the Tribunal must be respectful to all participants and to Tribunal members and staff.

2.0 Standards of Conduct

2.1 Representatives, whether or not they are required to have a licence under the Law Society Act, are expected to:

3.0 Remedies

3.1 If a representative refuses or fails to comply with the requirements of this Code, the Tribunal may make comment on or take official notice of such behaviour. In noting this behaviour, the Tribunal will remind the representative that such behaviour may result in remedial action, including a temporary or permanent suspension from acting as a representative at the Tribunal or a referral to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

3.2 If the conduct is serious, or if there is a pattern of behaviour that continues over time without the representative being able to provide a reasonable explanation for his/her behaviour, the Tribunal Chair may take remedial action, including a temporary or permanent suspension from appearing at the Tribunal or a referral to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The representative will be given notice and an opportunity to make submissions to the Tribunal Chair.

 

Effective date: July 1, 2014
Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal

 

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