Winnipeg Free Press: Work-zone speeders to see penalties climb

Tougher fines will be levelled against speeders who whiz through highway construction zones even when no workers are present. Bill 2, introduced Friday, would allow authorities to impose additional fines of $7.70 for each km/h of excess speed — an increase from the current $5 per km/h of excess speed. Labour and Immigration Minister Erna […]

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Nov 21st, 2013

Interesting presentation this morning from the Washington State Workers Compensation authority. While they focused on creative ways to move complex “stuck” claims forward, a particular statistic struck me. Everyone in disability management knows that the earlier an injured worker is returned to work, the better their odds for recovery are. In fact the figure more […]

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National Workers Compensation & Disability Management Conference

I’m currently at the USA National Workers Compensation & Disability Management Conference and would recommend it to any Canadian disability management practitioners. While the wcb laws in the USA are a lot different than those in Canada, it is nice to listen to new perspectives on both wcb and d/m and to see in which […]

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Winnipeg Free Press: Asbestos registry proclaimed as law at Saskatchewan’s legislature

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government has marked the death of a man who advocated for asbestos safety by officially enacting a new law making asbestos reporting mandatory. Thursday’s proclamation of the law will require Crown corporations, school districts, health regions and the provincial government to ensure their buildings are listed on the province’s on-line registry […]

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WCB of Manitoba’s Enforcement of Claims Suppression Challenged

The Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) has raised complaints that the WCB of Manitoba does not enforce existing provisions in the Workers Compensation Act of Manitoba, for prosecution of employers for claims suppression. The MFL has noted that WCB has not penalized any employers in recent years for claims suppression. The rather high profile raising […]

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Saskatchewan WCB Now Dealing With Cost Relief Requests

We have been conducting Cost Relief Audits for employers for many years and have had a great deal of difficulty in getting the Saskatchewan WCB, in particular, to respond to cost relief review requests in a timely manner. We have routinely waited several weeks for decisions. We believe that is changing somewhat and it is […]

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Disability Management as it Relates to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Managing disability cases within the context of an insurance claims system or as an employer’s Disability Manager can be challenging at the best of times. However, I think all D/Ms would agree that some types of disability cases are much more challenging than others. Certainly, the unpredictable nature of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well […]

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