Friday, April 12, 2024

ACA Shares Concerns With WCB Review Committee

On November 16-17th ACA Executive Director Ken Gibson and Safety WCB committee member Dave Hagan appeared at a meeting for the WCB Review. They expressed concerns to the WCB Review committee over process and progress of the review so far.

We argued against WCB benefits including salary or career progression in the review consultations. We also disagreed with expanding presumptive coverage as it contradicts requirement for WCB to make evidence based decisions.

Along with our partners we oppose adding requirement to accommodate to the WCB Act. The appropriate dispute resolution mechanism is under human rights legislation.

ACA strongly argued that no fault should not apply to post-incident behaviours and TTD should not apply if the worker actions remove themselves from the course of employment. We felt that Appeals Commission should only rule on the specifics of the appeal, and not be wide open in its decisions.

We lobbied that the Employer Appeals Advisors should be independent of the WCB. We discussed the need for in-person multi stakeholder consultation on policy development and review. We also argued for the retention of PIR incentives and experience rating at the WCB Review.

The committee is preparing its report in January 2017 for the government.