With approx. 29% of Ontario workers not covered, letter to the Minister of Labour asks his government to make workers’ compensation more inclusive, expanding coverage to industries not specifically named in the legislation (a list barely updated in the past 50 years), with the non-covered and new sectors disproportionately affecting women. Letter also addresses the cost-shifting to the public purse that occurs when workers in a non-insured workplace get injured.
In his July 19 presentation to the Niagara public hearing on “Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017”, ONIWG president Will Noiles addresses the issue of why the WSIB policy of deeming must be changed if the increase in minimum wage is to avoid harming injured workers. See also video of his presentation.
Group fully supports the progressive changes in Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which provide protections for many new immigrants entering the labour force who, because of employment barriers, are often placed in jobs at minimum wage, physically demanding and involve irregular or odd working hours. However, because of the WSIB policy of deeming, injured workers will NOT benefit from the increase in minimum wage…
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 …