International RSI Awareness Day 2018

Posted in: News & Announcements,Uncategorized | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 28, 2018

Over 2.3 million Canadian adults are diagnosed and learning to cope with repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) each year and this number is increasing steadily. The impact of these injuries and disorders, not only on the individuals involved but on our society as a whole is enormous, which is why the last day of February has been recognized as International RSI Awareness Day. These injuries and disorders can be crippling, seriously affecting the ability to work or even perform daily activities. They often develop slowly, over time and although there is some discussion about the direct cause, it is generally accepted that work-related activities can be a contributing factor to the onset, severity, and location of an RSI or MSD. The overuse of muscles in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back are linked to RSI symptoms. The use of vibrating tools, forceful movements, repetitive actions […]

Duty to Accommodate and Further Changes to the WCB Alberta

Posted in: WCB Law | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 21, 2018

As part of the 2017 review of the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), the Alberta Government has recently passed legislation that will affect current Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) policy. Although some of the legislation is already in effect (details regarding those changes can be found in our recent blog here), there are further policy changes scheduled for the remainder of 2018. In an effort to ensure it provides an effective policy framework that enables workers and employers to meet their responsibilities under the proposed legislation, the WCB has requested feedback on proposed policy drafts and will be accepting comments until March 6th, 2018. There are aspects of these proposed changes that, if put into practice, could substantially increase claims costs and negatively impact employer premiums. This is an excellent opportunity for Alberta employers, workers and concerned stakeholders to speak up and help shape the future of the WCB in Alberta. […]