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December 2014 (PDF 419kb) NEW

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip: If you have difficulty finding information by using the Search bar on the WSIB’s new website, check the site map.
  • WSIB revised/new benefits policies released
  • WSIB 2Q reports released
  • The Globe & Mail conducted an investigative report on occupational exposure to asbestos
  • Institute for Work & Health (IWH) provides online access to industry-relevant literature
  • Helpful Websites

August 2014 – Special Update (PDF 139kb)

  • 2015 WSIB premium rates

July 2014 (PDF 502kb)

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip: Ensure you check Box C12 on your Form 7 if you have concerns about a claim.
  • WSIB Appeals Services Division Practice & Procedures document has been revised
  • WSIAT Practice Directions have been revised
  • WSIB announces new Musculoskeletal Program of Care (MSK POC)
  • WSIAT chronic stress case has overturned the traumatic mental stress provisions in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA)
  • Ontario increases firefighter cancer coverage
  • Updated WSIB reports available online
  • Highlights of 2013 WSIAT decisions released
  • WSIB launches eLearning series for workers
  • Helpful Websites

March 2014 (PDF 359kb)

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip: Review the WSIB’s Administrative Practice Documents (APDs) for WSIB policies, where provided, to develop a greater understanding of how the WSIB will apply the policy in the decision-making process.
  • Changes to penalties for voluntary compliance came into effect February 1st
  • Deadline for feedback on WSIB draft benefits policies extended to April 30th
  • WSIB released revised policies for the Alternative Assessment Procedure (AAP) for interprovincial trucking and courier employers
  • WSIB posts Schedule 2 provisional premium rates for 2014
  • WSIB 3rd quarter report for 2013 released
  • Study finds that mindfulness meditation may be more effective than drugs for anxiety and depression
  • Compounds found in over-the-counter fish oil may offer safer and more effective treatment for chronic pain than drugs
  • New study finds shift work can switch genes linked to the immune system off
  • Helpful Websites

January 2014 (PDF 371kb)

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip: If you are appealing a decision to the WSIB’s Appeals Branch, be sure to provide the names of any potential witnesses when completing the Appeal Readiness Form / Respondent Form.
  • Bill 119 comes into full effect January 1, 2014
  • Deadline for feedback on WSIB draft benefits policies is February 28th
  • WSIB is offering expanded work reintegration and job placement services for certain workers
  • Ontario government introduces Bill 146 which, if passed, would affect employers contracting workers from temporary help agencies
  • Ontario’s Official Opposition introduced Bill 147 which intends to allow the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) to award costs
  • Private Members’ Bill 155 could have construction employers pay one-third the premium rate for their rate group, for five years
  • Helpful website

October 2013 (PDF 394kb)

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip: Let the WSIB know if a Program of Care is not helpful in returning the worker to productive work.
  • WSIB creates new website dedicated to Bill 119 issues
  • WSIB continues to review herbicide exposure claims
  • WSIB releases 2013 provisional administration rates for Schedule 2 employers
  • WSIB releases external report on employer claim suppression
  • Building site managers need to be vigilant about safety
  • Why you should follow the OEA on Twitter
  • OEA helps employer receive 100% retroactive Second Injury and Enhancement Fund (SIEF) and retroactive experience rating adjustment
  • Reprisal complaints under s. 50 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) require immediate action with extremely tight deadlines
  • Helpful website: Small business: advice, support services, regulations

July 2013 – Special Update (PDF 82kb)

  • 2014 WSIB premium rates

July 2013 (PDF 487kb)

  • Director’s Message: WSIB’s Rate Framework Consultation
  • Tip: If you decide to pay your WSIB premiums through your bank’s online payment system, be sure to allow 48+ hours for the money to arrive at the WSIB in order to avoid late payment charges and interest.
  • Ontario Court of Appeal decides damages cannot be awarded under a collective agreement if the worker’s injury / disease is compensable under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) or a former Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA)
  • WSIB releases the Jim Thomas Benefits Policy Review Final Report
  • WSIB releases the Interim Discussion on the Rate Framework Consultation
  • 2014 WSIB premium rates to be released this summer
  • Helpful website: “Workplace FAQs During Natural Disasters”

May 2013 (PDF 418kb)

  • Director’s Message: Updated Guidebooks and WSIB Policy consultations
  • Tip: A clearance is mandatory if you hire a contractor or independent operator (IO) to do construction work.
  • Deadline to return Transition Appeal Readiness Forms (TARFs) has been extended
  • Public hearings held for the WSIB’s Rate Framework Consultation
  • Benefits Policy Review in the final stages
  • Insurable earnings and premium estimator for the construction industry
  • Link found between Parkinson’s disease and the pesticide benomyl
  • USA’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) focusing on acute injuries v. occupational diseases
  • Ontario seeks input on a new, integrated, province-wide occupational health and safety strategy
  • Helpful website: The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and mental illness

February 2013 – Special Update (PDF 25kb)

  • WSIB appeal rules changes

December 2012 (PDF 463kb)

  • Director’s Message: Bill 119
  • Tip of the month: Even if an employer is aware that a worker has a pre-existing condition, the employer must file an “Employer’s Report of Injury/Disease” Form 0007A (Form 7) with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) if the worker reports an injury to the employer.
  • WSIB releases the Appeals Modernization Consultation report
  • WSIB releases revised policies clarifying “non-work-related disabilities” to include learning disabilities
  • OEA ensures an employer actually received the 100% Second Injury & Enhancement Fund (SIEF) cost relief that was granted by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT)
  • Helpful websites about learning disabilities

November 2012 (PDF 524kb)

  • Director’s Message: Recent initiatives
  • Tip of the month: Report all work-related accidents/injuries/illnesses to the WSIB even if you think the claim may be “fraudulent”
  • Appeals Modernization Program changes pushed back to February 1, 2013
  • WSIB releases the new exemption form for executive officers, under Bill 119
  • WSIB consultation schedule and supplementary materials for Benefits
  • Policy Review released
  • WSIB announces Special Advisor for its “Rate Framework Consultation”
  • 2013 WSIB premium rates released
  • WSIB introduces a new specialty program for shoulder injuries
  • WSIB launched a new Form 8
  • WSIB releases 2012-2016 Strategic Plan results for Q1 and Q2 2012
  • Alberta approves presumptive legislation for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Ontario private member’s bill calling for presumptive legislation for PTSD among first responders dies on the order table
  • OEA helps to confirm denial of entitlement to chronic pain disability and loss of earnings (LOE) benefits

October 2012 – Special Update (PDF 6kb)

  • Ontario government announces proposed amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)

September 2012 (PDF 504kb)

  • Director’s Message: Thomas Review
  • Tip of the month: Make sure that your offer of modified work is in writing.
  • The WSIB’S website now includes messages from the Chair and President
  • WSIB pushes back the start date for changes to its appeals system
  • WSIB benefits policy consultation is underway
  • WSIB launches campaign for mandatory coverage in construction
  • WSIB 1st quarter report for 2012 released
  • WSIB plans to eliminate the unfunded liability by 2027
  • Extension given for the Safety Groups program
  • Attorney General appeals $200,000 sentence against Metron
  • Ministry of Labour (MOL) health and safety inspectors checking that the new occupational health and safety poster is displayed in all workplaces starting October 1st
  • Occupational exposure to diesel exhaust may increase the risk of cancer
  • OEA helps confirm the denial of initial entitlement because of delays in reporting the injury, and inconsistencies in the accident history
  • Helpful website – Mental Health

June 2012 (PDF 492kb)

  • Director’s Message
  • Tip of the month: Make sure you always have a valid clearance certificate from all contractors before allowing them to perform any work at your business premises.
  • New WSIB Chair to address an unfunded liability of $14.2 billion
  • WSIB launches an appeals “modernization” initiative
  • WSIB releases 2012/13 Policy Agenda
  • WSIB releases final Bill 119 policies
  • Private Member’s Bill 87 challenges mandatory WSIB coverage
  • New WSIB mental health specialty team focuses on psychiatric and chronic pain entitlement
  • Mental health experts are concerned about proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders
  • New regulations ensure the WSIB meets funding sufficiency, and extends the temporary indexing factor to 2013 and 2014
  • WSIB releases Q4 report
  • WSIB e-learning series is available
  • Federal employer ordered to reinstate worker who was not accommodated for 16+ years, yet was kept on payroll, and was fired for a medical absence
  • Alberta’s Bill 1 would provide presumptive coverage for PTSD for first responders
  • Ontario Lung Association (OLA) offers industry-specific fact sheets to explain how asthma may be triggered or aggravated by workplace substances
  • New occupational health and safety poster must be clearly displayed in all workplaces
  • OEA helps employer obtain access to worker’s claim file to prepare for SIEF appeal
  • Helpful website – MOL Health and Safety Videos

April 2012 (PDF 478kb)

  • Director’s Message: Section 50
  • Tip of the Month: Consider informing injured workers about the time limit for filing a WSIB claim so they can meet their obligations if they are seeking WSIB benefits, and you can protect your business from a worker’s request to extend the time to file a claim several months (or years) down the road
  • WSIB Chair Steve Mahoney not seeking reappointment
  • C. D. Howe Institute reports on the WSIB’s unfunded liability
  • Continue to direct requests for SIEF relief to the Case Manager
  • WSIB releases Framework for Policy Development and Renewal
  • WSIB releasing work reintegration (WR) summary assessment reports to employers
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) highlights carcinogens in Canadian workplaces
  • Nanoparticles Cause Brain Injury in Fish
  • United States of America (USA) lists dry cleaning chemical to the list of “likely carcinogens”
  • Occupational exposure to Trichloroethylene (TCE) results in six-fold increased risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Commonly used herbicide “atrazine” linked to reproductive problems in animals
  • American government adds eight substances to its Report on Carcinogens
  • Link established between polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in office air, and in the blood of office workers
  • OEA helps confirm worker not entitled to further loss of earnings (LOE) benefits following termination of employment