Wsib no longer accomodating
The WSIB has deemed that the Concurrent Employer in this case was excluded from the obligations under Policy 19-02-02 (Work Reintegration and Re-Employment).In the submission to the Appeals Division at WSIB, it was argued that a Schedule 1, Concurrent Employer should be party to the WSIB’s work reintegration responsibilities under Policy 19-02-02, as OPM Policies are governed by the WSIA.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.The Workman’s Compensation Board–now named the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) – was established in 1914 to administer benefits to injured workers in Ontario through a system modelled on William Ralph Meredith’s “historic compromise,” whereby workers are denied the right to sue employers in exchange for compensation, benefits, and the facilitation of a timely return to work.
Unbeknownst to the employer, this worker had concurrent employment with another company on a part-time basis.
In 2013, 243 workers died of workplace injuries and occupational diseases in Ontario.
Tens of thousands more are injured yearly on the job.
Today, the WSIB is funded 100 per cent by employers and is overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
This year, the WSIB is celebrating what it’s calling “a century of serving Ontario.” Yet now more than ever, the WSIB has been the target of widespread criticism for its failure to adequately compensate workers, process claims fairly, accurately assess medical opinion, and facilitate employees’ safe return to work.While the employer offered modified work and was accommodating the worker to try to save costs under WSIB, the concurrent employer was not.