News

Nov 13 2018

The WSIB's 2nd quarter report has some interesting numbers. The "sufficiency ratio" at the end of June was 102%- in other words, the ratio of assets to expected future liabilities is 1.02. However, the number of lost time claims in Schedule 1...

Oct 4 2018

The WSIB has decided to cut employer assessments for 2019 by 30%, arguing that the unfunded liability has been paid off and current assessments at this new much lower rate are likely to cover current costs (...

Oct 4 2018

Gary Newhouse will be speaking on the topic of Current and Critical: The Year's Most Important Compensation Cases, at the Lancaster House Workplace Safety and Insurance Conference on...

Sep 11 2018

The current appeals allowance rate at the WSIB is 28%, with allowances in part being 9% of the total. The WSIB has set a "target" rate for allowances of 26-33%. The appeals allowance "target" is a new metric for the WSIB,...

Jul 5 2018

The Minister of Labour is responsible for the workers' compensation system.  The new Minister of Labour is Laurie Scott.  She has a special interest in preventing human sex trafficking.  Her platform from the recent campaign focuses on local...

Jun 12 2018

One can access the WSIB's 2017 annual report in pdf form...

May 18 2018

The WSIB will often use surveillance and charges against injured workers for "failing to report a material change in circumstances" as a way to reduce benefits.   Yes, there are cases where video surveillance reveals that a worker who claimed to...

Apr 20 2018

This year is special.  A provinicial election will be held six days after Injured Worker's Day.  This year after the rally and march, there will be an All-Candidates meeting at the OCAD auditorium (100 McCaul Street) at 2 p.m..  Come out to the...

Mar 16 2018

The Progressive Conservative Party has now chosen a business-friendly leader Doug Ford, who promises deep tax cuts.  He has not said anything about WSIB employer assessments and worker benefits; it does seem likely though that the broad policy...

Feb 23 2018

The increase in the minimum wage to $14 per hour is great news for workers generally, but for many injured workers, it will mean lower compensation.  If an injured worker starts a Work Transition Plan in 2018 for a job that ordinarily pays...

Feb 7 2018

When the WSIB allows a claim and pays lost time benefits- 85 percent of the worker's pre injury net average earnings, it does not explain to the worker how those net average earnings are calculated.  What the WSIB normally does is look to the...

May 23 2017

Come out and protest the passage of Bill 127.

May 17 2017

The provincial government hastily passed Bill 127 today.  The Bill allows the WSIB to enact policies to create different...

Dec 20 2016

Gary Newhouse was a panellist on the TVO show The Agenda on December 14, 2016 along with the President of the WSIB, Maryth Yachnin from Industrial Accidents Victims Group of Ontario and David Newberry from Injured Workers Consultants. The title...

Nov 20 2015

In the 1970s, the Union of Injured Workers rallied injured workers with its four demands and its description of workers' compensation as "cheap insurance for boss". After 40 years, the Board in 2015 is proud to announce "even cheaper insurance...

Oct 22 2015

The WSIB often alleges that fewer accidents are occurring because of improved health and safety programs, and points to the fact that it has allowed fewer claims.  But, is that a reflection of fewer accidents or more accident claims being denied...

Jul 7 2015

The WSIB quarterly report for the 3 months ending March 31, 2015 shows a good investment quarter in which the WSIB earned 6% returns compared to 3.8% in 2014. Their premium revenues exceeded the operating expenses; allowing the transfer of $285...

Apr 28 2015

June 1 is...

Mar 20 2015

There have been 3 new Vice-Chairs appointed to the Tribunal within the last 6 weeks and several more are well into the process. This will likely help the Tribunal address its backlog and reduce waiting times for hearing, but the improvement may...

Mar 6 2015

In the US, workers’ compensation is covered by state law. In most American states, as in Ontario, workers’ ...

Feb 20 2015

Dan Revington is running as a Bencher candidate for the 2015 Law Society Election. He has been General Counsel of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal for many years and has regularly offered sharp insight into our field, delivered...

Feb 6 2015

There are important new WSIB Policies in effect from November 1, 2014:

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Apr 9 2013

A Saskatchewan court awarded $4.5 million in punitive damages to an injured worker for ill-...

Apr 9 2013

Injured Workers rally every year at Queen's Park on June 1 at 11 a.m. This year it falls on a Saturday and hopefully we will see the sun this year.  Come out and make sure your voice is heard. 

Mar 28 2013

Gary and Michael will be speaking at the Ontario Bar Association professional development programme on May 23, 2013.  Gary will be speaking on current WSIB adjudication practices and Michael will be speaking on professionalism in appeals hearings...

Feb 19 2013

Jim Thomas, former Alternate Chair of the WSIAT, is studying four policy areas for the WSIB -...

Feb 14 2013

The WSIB has new appeals practices and procedures effective February 1, 2013.  The practices and procedures involve more technicality, more...

Feb 12 2013

Michael Green gave a talk on Workers’ Compensation and the Bar to Lawsuit at a Lunch and Learn session at Howie, Sacks and Henry on February 12.