COVID-19 Social distancing – In-person WCAT hearings postponed
Effective March 18, 2020, the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal is postponing all in-person hearings until further notice. We will offer alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings, however some appeals will need to be rescheduled to a later date. We will contact anyone with a scheduled hearing to discuss options.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal is closed to the public except for the pick-up or drop-off of mail, documents and packages. There is no in-person service at this time. If you require assistance with an appeal, please call us at 902-424-2250.
We are investigating a breach of information related to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal decisions issued between 1996 and 2009. The breach included the posting of individual names together with personal health information. We take this seriously and are working to determine what happened. Maintaining privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to us. For those who are concerned that their personal information may have been disclosed, please call 902-424-2250 .
Q. How many records are affected?
It appears that 10,599 decisions were posted on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website including the name of the worker and the employer.
Q: Are the decisions still on CanLII?
The decisions were posted on CanLII on May 7 and 8, 2020. They were removed on May 12, 2020 after it was discovered that some private records may have been accessed.
Q: Does the Tribunal know whose decisions were accessed?
Working with CanLII we understand that 555 decisions with personal information had been accessed before being removed from CanLII.
Q. What are the Tribunal’s privacy protocols?
The Tribunal is following the provincial government’s privacy breach protocol. We contacted the Province’s Information and Privacy Review Officer and are focused on notification, containing the information involved and investigating the cause of the breach.
The Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal is an independent tribunal which hears and decides appeals from final decisions of the Workers' Compensation Board.
To learn more about what we do, visit the About the Tribunal section.
Notre formulaire « Demande d'appel » et notre brochure « Comment faire appel » sont maintenant offerts en français.
Who can appeal?
- a worker
- a deceased worker's dependant
- a deceased worker's estate
- an employer wishing to challenge a compensation decision
- an employer wishing to challenge an assessment decision
Before appealing to the Tribunal, you must go through the internal appeals process at the Board and receive a final decision of a hearing officer. Read more about the process in the Appeals Section, or download the Notice of Appeal form (PDF) (French version). Completed forms should be returned to the Tribunal with a copy of the hearing officer's decision.