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Lakehead University’s EPID@Work Research Institute event includes a presentation by Dr. Vicki Kristman and Mannila Sandhu entitled “Uncovering Workplace Factors Impacting Workers’ Compensation Outcomes” discussing a WCB Manitoba project.
Injured Workers Rally to Demand Better From WSIB in 2024. Earlier this month, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) proudly told the world that they would be the new “Lead Sponsor” for London, Ontario’s New Years Eve party. Of course, London (where WSIB will be moving its head office over the coming years) deserves a delightful New Years Eve celebration. However, for injured workers who have been the target of decades of austerity and benefit cuts, the news that WSIB has enough money to throw a party for thousands of revelers (but no money for their benefits) is not sitting right. For those among us who will be isolated through the holidays by pain and poverty, hearing about the WSIB’s party budget brings little comfort.
So, the #WorkersCompIsARight (WCIAR) campaign is calling on injured and ill workers & their allies to join us on Monday, December 11th at 11:15am, at the Ministry of Labour (400 University Ave in Toronto) where we will hold a rally and deliver our own set of New Years Resolutions to the Minister about what the WSIB must do better in 2024.
Do you have your own set of New Years wishes for the WSIB? Visit tinyurl.com/NewYearsWSIB to send us your demands and we will deliver them to the Minister of Labour on December 11th.
Maryth Yachnin and David Arruda (IAVGO Community Legal Clinic) present an overview of recent decisions from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) that could have significant impacts for migrant farm workers.
Previously, injured workers could lose benefits if the WSIB determined there were other suitable jobs available for them in Ontario. The WSIAT has now ruled that this practice is wrong. Migrant farm workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) are not authorized to work other jobs in Ontario and many return home after an injury. The resulting loss of benefits has led to deep hardship for many migrant farm workers for decades.
This CLEO webinar (Tuesday Dec. 12, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.) presents important information for community workers, librarians, or advocates who interact with migrant farm workers as part of their work.
ASL interpretation will be provided. Click on this link to register.
The Policy and Practice in Return to Work after Work Injury (PPRTW) Research Group is presenting a conference titled Workers’ Health and Return to Work in a Changing World of Work in person at the University of Ottawa June 9 to 11, 2024.
Keynote speakers: Karen Messing, Steve Mantis, Gabriel Allahdua
The conference will focus on policy and practice related to occupational injury and illness prevention and rehabilitation, particularly on workers in situations of vulnerability, and on the role of unions, workplaces, and human rights organisations in supporting their return-to-work. An additional focus will be on challenges in the fair application of workers’ compensation policy, especially with respect to workers who are precariously employed, geographically mobile, low wage earners or experiencing mental health issues.
Call for Abstracts and Sessions Opens | September 20, 2023
Registration opens | September 20, 2023
For further details and to register go to https://www.uottawa.ca/faculty-law/civil-law/occupational-health-safety-law/pprat/conference