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Author Archive - Clear Path Employer Services

Clear Path Employer Services is a team of certified HR consultants and medical professionals dedicated to resolving the human resources and claims management challenges facing businesses across Ontario. The company was founded in 2003 by Anna Aceto-Guerin, a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) specializing in WSIB claims management and NEER cost containment, with a focus on return-to-work programs and acquiring SIEF cost relief for employers. Read more

WSIB premiums decrease for first time in 15 years

Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board made headlines this month by announcing that employer premiums would decrease an average of 5% in 2017, the first such decrease in over 15 years. This will result in approximately $250 million less being collected from employers, making the average premium rate $2.46 per $100 of insurable payroll, down from $2.59 in 2016.

 

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Understanding WSIB’s NEER system more important than ever

Ontario’s workers’ compensation system is on the verge of a major overhaul and employers need to be aware of how this change will impact them. As part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to eliminate its significant unfunded liability and to modernize operations, the WSIB has proposed Rate Framework changes that are expected to come into effect in 2019.

 

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Proper HR practices can save needless WSIB claim costs

There are a lot of moving parts when managing a WSIB claim, especially one that has become prolonged or complex. Most employers are aware that ensuring their company is compliant with Health & Safety best practices will likely result in reduced workers’ compensation costs. The same can be said with respect to important Human Resources practices and procedures. The problem is that busy claims managers sometimes lose sight of this while they attempt to juggle all the moving pieces of a claim.

 

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Doctor’s note not necessarily final word with WSIB

Employers should deploy a number of strategies to minimize their workers’ compensation related costs. One such strategy is to ensure you have instituted effective Early and Safe Return to Work (RTW) practices and procedures, including making an offer of suitable modified work for those employees who require modified duties a standard procedure.

 

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Employers deserve sufficient notice too

Did you know that employers have a reciprocal right to reasonable notice from an employee who decides to leave the company, especially when it will be difficult to replace them? Did you know that an employer can sue a former employee if sufficient notice was not provided? But, did you also know there may be good reasons not to pursue this course of action?

 

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Objecting to initial entitlement of a WSIB claim

When you object to the initial entitlement of a WSIB claim, in effect having it denied outright, there are several considerations you should keep in mind. Here are some answers to some questions about the process:

 

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HR lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shattering box office records around the world. In addition to being an exciting thrill ride, we noticed a number of intriguing HR lessons in the film that can be applied at every workplace.

 

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Concurrent employment can bring WSIB claim headaches

Do any of your employees also work for another company? If so, things could get complicated if your worker is ever involved in a workplace accident.

 

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Capture WSIB claim details directly from worker and witnesses

There is one particular strategy which is often overlooked and undervalued by businesses when looking to reduce their WSIB claims costs. We’re referring to the critical importance of completing an organization’s own Incident Report/ Worker’s Statement, Supervisor’s Report of Injury and Witness Statements.

 

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Victory for transfer of cost employers with WSIB

Clear Path recently challenged what could be considered a precedent-setting decision from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) that would have put certain employers at a serious disadvantage.

 

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Is Queen Elizabeth the ultimate long-term employee?

Imagine you had an employee that performed her job duties impeccably, remained utterly loyal to your organization, never brought personal “drama” to the workplace, and was willing to stay in the same position without complaint for over 60 years. Sounds like a dream employee, doesn’t it?

 

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Questioning the results of best and worst places to be a woman report

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives made national headlines last month when they released their “Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2015” report. This provocative report ranks Canada’s 25 largest cities on the following five criteria: Economic Security, Education, Leadership, Health, and Personal Security.

 

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HR lessons from the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

It is true that business is not a sport. But there are many parallels behind the coaching, training, motivating and learning involved in international sporting events, like the upcoming 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto, and the dynamics of today’s successful workplaces.

 

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Divergent movie raises interesting HR questions

Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, opened last April and hoped to make a big splash at the box office. Based on the books by Veronica Roth, the series depicts a dystopian future where young people are forced to survive crazy situations created by adults. What makes the Divergent series interesting for HR professionals and business owners, especially when compared to similar teen-friendly fare like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, is the fact that its story-lines echo a number of issues relevant to today’s workplaces.

 

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How to have success with WSIB SIEF cost relief

Most employers know that WSIB-related costs can be very expensive. However, not everyone knows about cost relief programs offered by the Board. We asked Anna Aceto-Guerin for some insights into successfully acquiring SIEF cost relief.

 

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