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Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework, part 2

This blog is part two of a three-part series which examines the proposed fundamental changes to WSIB’s method of business classification and application of premium rates. Part one of this series explored how WSIB proposes to re-categorize Ontario businesses into 34 industries, based solely on “business activity”.

 

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Young workers: Staying safe at work

With the summer months beginning this is the time when students are starting new jobs. These young workers and/or new workers are at a high risk for getting injured while at work. New workers are 3 times more likely to be injured during their first month than other, more experienced workers. In Ontario, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, between 2009 and 2013, 30 youth workers died in work related incidents and another 30,000 received injuries that led to lost time.

 

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Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework

One of the key goals of the proposed Preliminary Rate Framework is to implement a “streamlined and simpler classification structure”. The word “simpler” is key!

 

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Only one week left to register for the Ontario Employment Law Conference #learnthelatest

The 18th annual Ontario Employment Law Conference will be taking place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Corporate Event Center at CHSI in Mississauga. We are very much looking forward to hearing from Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and the employment and labour law experts from Stringer LLP! If you would like to register for the conference but haven’t done so yet, registration will be closing on Friday, June 16, 2017.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: The introduction of Bill C-26 to enhance CPP; head injuries and the related consequences of an employee not reporting such injury as soon as it happens; and a case that addresses workplace investigations and the violation of procedural fairness.

 

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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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Workplace accommodation has limits

In Pourasadi v Bentley Leathers Inc., the Human Rights Tribunal found that accommodating a store manager by permitting the employee not to assist customers was not required, since assisting customers was an essential duty of her position.

 

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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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What injured workers need to know about WSIB

If you sustained a workplace injury and are in receipt of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for the first time, there are essential pieces of information that you should be familiar with…

 

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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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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan; a human rights matter that addresses accommodation and mental disability; and a workplace safety and insurance matter that addresses modified work and entitlement to loss of earnings benefits.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with banning visible tattoos and piercings in the workplace; WSIB 2016–2018 strategic and corporate business plans; and, changes to terms of employment in an economic downturn.

 

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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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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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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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