A decision of the Ontario Divisional Court helps answer questions on how employers can handle employee medical notes or doctor’s recommendations that don’t seem quite right. In ‘Ontario Employers’ Right To Request Independent Medical Examinations’ at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor website, Laurie Jessome, a partner specializing in employment law and chair of the advocacy group at Cassels Brock, explains how in Bottiglia v. Ottawa Catholic School Board, 2017, the Divisional Court says employers do not need legislative or contractual authority to require that an employee submit to an independent medical examination as long as they have reasonable and bona fide grounds for requesting the examination.

excerpt from Benefits and Pension Monitor – ONLINE

Global health-care plan costs to rise faster than inflation in 2018: report

The average cost increases for employer-sponsored health-care plans are set to increase at a faster rate than inflation in 2018, according to a new report by Aon…

…Canada is not too far behind with an expected six per cent rise in costs for extended health-care plans. After inflation of 2.1 per cent, the projected cost increase is 3.9 per cent. That’s compared to an overall cost increase of eight per cent in 2017 and a net rise of 6.1 per cent. The report notes this increase is currently trending lower relative to the rest of North America and the world, reversing a multi-year trend.