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Big Win for Injured Workers

November 25, 2015 Workers Safety

Worker’s safety issues don’t always get the media coverage they deserve.  As a result, you may have missed this item.  It is good news.  

Ontario is proposing amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.  These changes would provide full Consumer Price Index indexation of benefits for all injured workers on an annual basis.

If passed, beginning January 1, 2018, the amendments would provide all injured workers and their survivors with full Consumer Price Index indexation on the benefit amount.

“This is something that the injured worker movement has been fighting for since full indexing of benefits was eliminated in 1995,” says Andrew Bomé, Clinic lawyer and WSIB specialist.

The government has also said that it intends to propose regulatory increases that would impact injured workers who are on partial disability benefits.  These individuals would receive an increase of 0.5 per cent on Jan. 1, 2016.  They would get a one per cent increase on Jan. 1, 2017.  These increases would be applied to their pre-injury gross earnings. There are about 140,000 injured workers who receive WSIB partial disability benefits.

In a media release Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn noted the changes were about fairness. Currently, only workers on full disability benefits and survivors receive full CPI increases,

These proposals would ensure that all injured workers are treated the same, as well as ensure that benefits for injured workers on partial disability keep pace with inflation. Respect for those injured at work is essential, and working toward a fair and predictable compensation system is the right thing to do," said Flynn.

The restoration of full indexation is the biggest law reform victory that Andrew Bomé (picured to the right) has ever been a part of.

“This is a big win for injured workers,” he emphasizes. 

Learn More

You can find out more about this development in a bulletin from the  Ministry of Labour at

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/2015/bul_wsia20151120.php 

 

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