A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem (Guest commentary)

100-year-old WCB needs to be overhauled
By Jane Edgett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2006

Experienced workers who suffer long-term injuries and work-related diseases are being denied compensation and, instead of focusing on a healthy return to work, are being forced into an adversarial and lengthy appeals process where the burden of proof is placed on the injured worker, contrary to the legislation.

The result is a worker who is further injured by the workers’ compensation process itself, resulting in a decreased likelihood he will ever return to work. And it is not just one worker who is lost to the system. It is also his family members and friends who see the futility of pursuing a career in high-risk professions when there is no support. Whether or not these concerns are scientifically correct, perception is everything and the pursuit of “risky” careers is in decline.

In an era where many organizations are struggling to entice and retain experienced employees, this isn’t going to do wonders for a labour shortage.