Significant New WSIB Policy Initiatives
The WSIB has introduced significant new policy initiatives that may affect many employers. Some of the significant changes are as follows:
- The NEER window has been extended to four years starting with the 2008 accident year.
- The Labour Market Re-entry “LMR” process has been redesigned and is now referred to as the Work Reintegration Program (“WRP”).
- In support of the new WRP and, in support of the duty to cooperate in the re-employment process (as established by Section 40 of the WSIA), significant “non-cooperation penalties” have been introduced for employers. For an employer who is found not to be cooperating in the early and safe return to work process, a non-cooperation penalty up to the amount of 100% of the cost of wage loss benefits payable to the worker plus 100% of any costs associated with providing work transition services to the worker may be levied as a penalty until the earliest of the following dates:
- the date upon which the employer starts cooperating again;
- the date that no further wage loss benefits are payable and no services are being provided; or
- 12 months following the date that the written notice comes into effect.
If you have any questions pertaining to these new WSIB Policy Initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact your Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.