Legal clinic endorses recommendations of the Ontario Federation of Labour‘s submission, and outlines IWC’s principal concerns: overly narrow definition of “chronic mental stress” and “workplace bullying”; added discriminatory barriers to approval and access to care, that set a higher bar for workers with mental injuries compared to workers with physical injuries; the exclusion of all employment decisions (inconsistent with other Ontario legislation).
While supporting several draft provisions, ONIWG Submission details its concerns including failure to adequately address workplace sexual harassment; standards for entitlement different than those for physical injury; proposed distinctions between high- and low-stress jobs; legislative limits regarding employer decisions.
ONIWG’s letter to the Minister of Labour welcomes the province’s increase in the minimum wage but warns that, unless the WSIB’s policy and practice of deeming is eliminated, this increase will hurt many permanently disabled workers by reducing their benefits.
Coalition of legal aid clinics, workers’ compensation lawyers, injured worker groups, doctors address provisions in amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act regarding chronic mental stress entitlement and the expansion of Board policy-making powers.
Injured workers share their thoughts on how deeming affects their lives. Their question to the Minister: “Are you going to do the right thing and make the WSIB base our benefits on reality, instead of the jobs they pretend we have?”
Letter to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs supports recommendations in the submission of the Income Security Advocacy Centre calling for increased investment in social assistance and a number of changes in the rules …
Letter asks the Premier to reconsider the austerity agenda that is impacting injured workers and calls for action on 4 major concerns: continued violation by WSIB of the Charter of Rights in its handling of chronic mental health claims; systemic disregard of treating doctors’ medical opinion; denial of entitlement for time to heal; lack of universal coverage.
A request for the Ombudsman to investigate the WSIB’s continued application of legislative provisions and policy that have been found unconstitutional and discriminate against workers suffering chronic occupational mental health disabilities.
Regarding the WSIB response to its July 21st letter, ONIWG remains deeply concerned that the “Better at Work” approach sacrifices the “safe” part of “early and safe return to work” …