Report lays out why ONIWG is launching its campaign to address the WSIB’s cost-cutting agenda which is betraying the founding principles of workers’ compensation and pushing thousands of workers into poverty. The campaign focuses on 3 key demands: no cuts based on phantom jobs (deeming) ; listen to injured workers’ healthcare professionals; stop cutting based on ‘pre-existing conditions’. Includes illustrative injured worker experiences, solutions, further resources.
Prescription Over-ruled – Report on how Ontario’s WSIB systematically ignores the advice of medical professionals
Joint ONIWG/OFL report details problems with WSIB practices identified by a growing number of health professionals who see the Board ignoring their opinions on recommended treatment for their patients – with adverse emotional and financial consequences (as illustrated by accounts of injured workers’ experiences). The report proposes solutions to ensure the system works as intended.
Report, subtitled “My compensation will end on my 65th birthday when my brain injury goes away”, presents injured workers’ voices and an analysis by the two researchers of testimony from hearings held in 8 cities around the province to record the current state of Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. The project was initiated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Meredith’s 1913 report which laid the foundation for Canada’s workers’ compensation.
Presentation to the Joint OFL/ONIWG Conference, June 2, 2015. Community legal clinics, ONIWG and OWA mount a rights-based legal challenge of the “red flags” used by Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Board, preparing a statement of facts for the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner. Following the Commissioner’s discussions with the Board, the WSIB agrees to remove from its system all references to a discriminatory Red Flag list and prepare a guidance document for staff (to be shared with the OHRC) which “better reflects” a surveillance process that adheres to the Human Rights Code…
Summary of issues raised by conference participants about the research and conclusions of the study “Time trends in musculoskeletal disorders attributed to work exposures in Ontario using three independent data sources, 2004-2011”, recently published by the Institute for Work & Health.
Most cases turn on medical evidence. Guide details how doctors can help ensure injured workers do not lose benefits to which they are entitled.
Vision document for what the Ontario’s workers compensation system should look like. 2013 draft revision (prepared for the Meredith Conference) of the blueprint collaboratively created by the injured worker and labour community and endorsed in 2004 by the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups and the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Responses requested by candidates in the Provincial Election 2014 on benefits policies, current Board leadership and deeming.
Workers compensation benefits for repetitive strain injuries are under attack even while no specific ergonomic regulations compel employers to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
Draft revision prepared for discussion Meredith ‘No Half Measures Conference’ 2013, also presented at Joint OFL/ONIWG Conference, June 2, 2015. Revision of 2004 April 2004 Statement outlining what injured workers want in a just and fair compensation system, originally prepared for the Platform for Change Conference by its organizing committee: IWC, IAVGO, ONIWG, Thunder Bay IWSG.