Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their 'Fair Practices Commission'Canadian Contractor Business Insurance Liability risk Service
The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?
When the Ontario government passed Bill 119, almost two years ago, they forced WSIB payments onto tens of thousands of independent contractors in the province who didn’t have to pay into the program previously.
Many contractors believe that this was simply a move to get revenue from a class of contractors (the self-employed) who would be very unlikely to make claims on the system. The surplus money generated would then assist WSIB in paying down their multi-billion-dollar “unfunded liability.”
For implementing not just this, but other WSIB policy changes, I. David Marshall the president and CEO of the WSIB, will likely qualify for a $400,000 “performance” bonus (on top of $400,000 annual salary) when his five-year term ends in January 2015.
No doubt the government was eager to see their top bureaucrat find some ways to better fund the WSIB. Since 2008, the unfunded debt has risen from $11.5 billion to around 15 to $18 billion
Four years ago, the Ontario Business Coalition highlighted that, between 2008 and 2010, employers and employees in the province had worked hard to cut down the accident frequency rate by 40%. Yet, during this same period, the Ontario Schedule 1 rate for WSIB fell by only 13%. Again, blame the WSIB’s endless need to improve its finances.
Had this been a private insurance company, while this deficit was building up, the entire senior management echelon of the WSIB – and probably their board of directors – would have been frog-marched out of their ivory towers by angry investors many, many years ago.
If you are unhappy with WSIB and have a complaint, remember that they have an “ombudsperson” who is supposed to moderate some degree of “fairness” in WSIB’s dealings.
This office is supposed to “facilitate fair, equitable and timely resolutions in individual complaints brought by workers, employers and service providers.”
The phone numbers are (416) 603-3010, toll-free 1-866-258-4383.
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