WSIB Law Blog

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Below is our ongoing collection of citations tracking the latest news releases, media stories and blog posts on the topic of Ontario WSIB claims.

“About 1,425 claims have been disallowed in Ontario as of Nov. 13, including hundreds in front-line industries such as health care. Newberry said the disallowed claims — along with the fact that the WSIB pays only 85 per cent of a worker’s full salary — don’t fit with declarations that these workers are “heroes” keeping […]

“The Department of National Defence (DND) told the advisers to take their claims to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) — which has no experience with evaluating claims based on service in a war zone. Many of the advisers saw their claims delayed or rejected.” Article: Ontario workplace injury board considers Afghan war […]

“Recently, Tom Teahen, president of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) announced his resignation, with little fanfare. So far, the only public mention of this has been via his Twitter account. While his departure has yet to make waves, his time at the helm of Canada’s largest workers compensation system certainly has. As the […]

“Workers won the right to claim chronic mental stress benefits at the WSIB in 2018, after years of advocacting from legal clinics and criticism from the former chair of the appeals tribunal itself. But the claims must meet specific criterial set out in the board’s policy– and over the past two years, 94 per cent […]

“The majority of COVID-19-related claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) from workers in Ottawa involve employees in long-term care facilities and retirement homes, but a union that represents many of those workers believes the number should be much higher, and is encouraging its members to file more claims.” Article: WSIB claims from […]

“Candace Rennick, secretary treasurer for CUPE Ontario, says long-term care employees may not file a WSIB claim if they contract COVID-19 at work due to a fear of reprisals from their employer.” Article: Number of workplace safety claims due to COVID-19 lower than expected Author: CBC Ottawa Date: October 19, 2020

“Not all workplaces are covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, but David Chezzi, a WSIB specialist with CUPE National, says employees whose workplaces are covered may be eligible for support if they contract COVID-19 at work.” Article: Think you got COVID-19 at work? Consider a WSIB claim, expert says Author: CBC Ottawa Date: […]

“They are daily risks faced by fitness instructors and personal trainers across the province. But unlike millions of employees in other sectors, gym staff are not entitled to workers’ compensation when they get sick or hurt on the job.” Article: A spin class became a superspreader event. Why are fitness instructors excluded from workers’ compensation […]

“Canadian workplaces are becoming less safe, according to the latest data on occupational health and safety across the country. Released April 27, the 2020 Report on Work Fatality and Injury Rates in Canada indicates 1,027 workers died of work-related causes in 2018, marking an increase of 76 from 2017.” Article: Safety statistics reveal ‘disappointing’ trends on workplace fatalities, […]

“Some 6,600 workers’ compensation claims were filed during the first wave of the pandemic. The 10 worst-hit employers in nursing homes and agriculture respectively were responsible for more than a third of those claims, the Star’s data shows.” Article: Public health won’t tell us which employers have COVID-19 outbreaks. But we obtained WSIB data to […]