ACA thanks the Workers Compensation Board for hosting industry information sessions in Edmonton and Calgary May 23rd and May 24th. ACA supports the desire to incentivise a reduction in costs through greater use of return to work (modified work) programs.
However, questions remain as to whether the proposal creates these incentives for the many employers that do not realize a return on investment through formal enrollment in the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program, and / or whose size and circumstances make modified work programs infeasible. A second key concern is without proper performance measures, it may be impossible to determine if the proposal actually leads to the desired changes. A number of stakeholders felt year to year improvement should be rewarded, not currently contemplated within the proposal.
The WCB committed to providing more data to stakeholders.