How costs are being offloaded from a system funded through employer payroll costs to the individual and the public purse; cost shifting must stop as must the move to a more private, corporate model.
Declaration on an all-out assault on the fundamental right to workers’ compensation, a system being designed to fail with a private-insurance approach that hurts injured workers.
The WSIB has already started implementing the KPMG Value for Money Audit cost-cutting recommendations on adjudication and claims administration, with cuts to long-term benefits and NEL awards, job retraining and Board staff.
Recent statistics from WSIB publications show the Oct. 2011 recommendations in the KPMG report have already been implemented. These include 27.6% lower average long-term benefit, 31% fewer permanent (NEL) awards; retraining cut from 19 to 5 months; 200 Board staff cut …..
Study, led by Bonnie Heath, surveys Ontario injured workers 2010-2011 on the economic, social and health impacts of work injury.
A delicate dance with many partners: immigrant workers’ experiences of injury reporting and claim filing
Presentation to RAACWI Community Forum by Agnieszka Kosny and fellow researchers on their study into newcomers’ experiences with Ontario’s workers’ compensation system, what helps and what hinders; also includes survey of Canadian resources for immigrant workers.
A report on the experiences of six injured workers, recently graduated from the Injured Workers Speakers School, on trying to get fair compensation.
Address to the Joint OFL/ONIWG Conference focuses on major problems in Ontario’s system: experience rating; OH&S inspection; role of doctors, objective medical evidence and statistics in legal decisionmaking; actuaries; claims procedures – and whether judicial review, Charter are effective legal remedies.
While employers are still protected from lawsuits, injured workers are increasingly without compensation or employment. Open letter outlines their key needs, at a time when the Board seems to be focusing on benefit reductions to attend to its finances.
Presentation by John McKinnon to the Canadian Conference on Elder Law on age-based limitations to Ontario compensation benefits, introduced with the 1990 change to a wage-loss system; mandatory retirement and exclusion from the Human Rights Code.