Mental Health in the Workplace – Tips and facts for a healthy workforce

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 29, 2016

The conversation started on January 27th with Bell Let’s Talk day bringing attention to mental health awareness and helping to break the silence surrounding mental illness. Mental Health Week, May 2nd – 8th, 2016, continues the campaign promoting open discussion regarding mental illness, how to stop the associated discrimination and stigma, while raising awareness and building support for those who suffer. Staying mentally healthy is like staying physically fit, it takes conscious effort to face the stresses, challenges and demands that we experience Mental health is part of our daily lives at home, at play and at work, it affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly, whether we are aware of it or not. How we feel, think and interact with those around us can have a powerful impact on their mental wellbeing and our own. Here are five interesting mental health facts you may not be aware of: Mental illness […]

How to Determine the Cost of WCB Premiums for Your Business: 7 Things You Need to Know

Posted in: Claims Costs,WCB Law,WCB Premium Reduction,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 25, 2016

Workers’ compensation has been a part of the Alberta labour workforce since 1918 when the Workers’ Compensation Act was established. Essentially, employers agreed to fund the program, and in return, the workers gave up their right to sue their employers for the effects of work related injuries or illnesses. WCB claims costs influence WCB premium rates and can have significant financial impact for an employer. Whether an organization is new to the workers’ compensation system, or a has been a part of it for years, understanding how WCB premiums are calculated is essential. Here are the seven important things you need to know about your WCB premium, and how it is determined: 1. Industry Classification Employers who operate similar businesses and share the similar risks for their employees in the workplace are grouped together to create an industry classification. This classification contributes to determining your premium rate. The business you […]

Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit Settlements Explained

Posted in: WCB Law,WCB Lawsuit Settlements | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 19, 2016

On the night of February 26, 2014, a charter plane carrying a number of local government workers crashed on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai, killing three people and seriously injuring three more. All six were deemed workers; and as a result, workers’ compensation claims were opened, approved and benefits issued accordingly. On May 2, 2014, a third-party lawsuit was filed against the responsible airline, Maui Air, which remains in litigation. An article, published in The Maui News on March 19, 2016, quoted one crash survivor addressing the Maui County Council, asking them to allow the survivors and the families of the deceased to be awarded all of the settlement money from the lawsuit with the airline. By law, worker’s compensation is set up to be the first payor in the event of a work-related accident or injury, regardless of any other coverage or benefits that may be available to the […]

WCB Bill 6 Information for Farm Owners

Posted in: Claims Costs,Safety | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 5, 2016

On January 1, 2016, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, or better known as Bill 6 came into effect in Alberta marking a change in workers’ compensation coverage for farm owners, and the people who work for them. The controversial bill brings Alberta in line with other provinces in Canada that already have legislation covering workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety regulations, employment standards and labour relation codes for farming and ranching industries. As much as Bill 6 represents a burden on farm and ranch owners to put new practices in place and comply with legislative standards and regulations, it provides much needed protection and compensation to non-family farm and ranch employees similar to what is extended to any other employee, and to what is in place in other provinces. It also protects farm and ranch owners from legal action being taken by an injured worker, the […]