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    Keeping Workers Well - 48th Annual OOHNA Conference

    Event: Keeping Workers Well 2019 - 48th Annual Conference and Exhibition Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association

    When: Thursday, June 6 and Friday June 7, 2019

    Where:The Conference Centre, The Centre for Health & Safety Innovation 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga, Ontario

    Two-day conference for occupational health nurses and allied health and safety professionals. One-day exhibition on Thursday, June 6th followed by an evening Mix n’ Mingle with the presentation “Canadian Cannabis Craze”. Keynote speakers: Nina Spencer, Dr Jamie Gruman and Dr Melissa Snider-Adler. Conference sessions focus on infection control, legal and legislative issues, mindfulness in the workplace, developing resiliency. June 7th workshops on The Working Mind, Motivational Interviewing, New MSD Guidelines, and Cognitive Job Coaching.

    Program and to register: 2019 Conference Brochure

    Questions? Email administration@oohna.on.ca or call 416-239-6462.

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    WSIB Outreach: Action Requested

    The S2EG Executive Committee would like to encourage all WSIB Claims Managers and their accounting peers to participate in the following WSIB outreach program.  

    Feedback on both infrastructure (e.g. IT capability, adding HC identifiers to billings, enabling electronic payment of invoices, portal access, email access to WSIB personnel) and service delivery (eg. Decision letter content, Case Manager ID and phone #, direct access to WSIB personnel by their phones without CSR interception, direct access to Appeals Services, etc.) is being canvassed.
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    We need your Feedback!
     
     My name is Annette Tsaparis from the Customer Experience Office and I would like to invite you to participate in a research study focused on your experience with the WSIB as a Schedule 2 employer.
     
    Schedule 2 is a large stakeholder group with diverse needs.  As we make changes and investments in change we want to hear directly from you.  We acknowledge that there is a long standing issue of billing details that needs to be resolved with our next software upgrades.  We would like an opportunity to meet with a sub-set of your membership to understand from your perspective, what other areas we can improve in the way we delivery our core services.  These can be individuals whom interact with the WSIB on claims or accounts issues.   From there, we will develop a summary report of our findings that we will share with the Schedule Two executive at a future quarterly meeting to confirm we have appropriately captured your feedback. 
     
    The WSIB has assigned a resource that is ready to come out to your location and hold 1:1s with you and staff to gather feedback.  We can also deploy a variety of other mechanisms to gather your feedback if an onsite session is not feasible.
     
    The sessions are completely confidential and no identifying factors about you, the employer, or claims will be used.
    Ideally the sessions will take place between Monday, January 14th and the EXTENDED date of March 1, 2019.  
     
    You will be required to:Meet with our representativeDiscuss your experience/interactions with the WSIBDedicate a minimum  1 hour for the session  As a next step, please provide me with your interest in participating and ideally, some potential dates and times that work for you.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by email at annette_tsaparis@wsib.on.ca or by phone at 416-344-5066.
     
    Sincerely,
    Annette Tsaparis
    Design Researcher
    Customer Centric Channel Delivery
    Customer Experience and Digital
     416-344-5066   
    TTY / ATS : 1-800-387-0050
    1-800-387-0750
    www.wsib.on.ca

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    Presumptive PTSD Working Group

    The Schedule 2 Employers' Group (S2EG), in partnership with the WSIB, will be chairing a “Presumptive PTSD Working Group” in 2019.

    As you will see from the Terms of Reference, the purpose of the S2EG/WSIB PTSD Working Group is to provide a forum to mutually discuss practices, build learning opportunities for both parties arising from this discussion and, to lead to and facilitate education amongst employers, the goal of which is to improve recovery and return to work outcomes for workers with the accident employer.

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    Health & Safety Workwell Evaluations

    We want to keep you informed of some initiatives that the WSIB is undertaking with respect to Health & Safety. As some of you know the WSIB began approaching a few Schedule 2 Employers earlier this year offering to conduct Workwell evaluations with an emphasis on the prevention of Noise Induced Hearing loss claims. To date we are not aware of any Schedule 2 firms that have actually agreed to participate in a Workwell evaluation with the WSIB.

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    Bill 163 Submission

    The Liberal Government has come out in favour of making substantive changes to the way the WSIB adjudicates claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders. Members of the Schedule 2 Employers’ Group Executive felt that it was important to raise some concerns with the Government with respect to their intended approach to the issues under review and to request a meeting with the Minister. Given the speed with which the Government seems to want to move forward with this issue, the S2EG Executive felt it was important to put together a submission as quickly as possible.

    Attached is a copy of Bill 163 and our preliminary written submission to the Minister .

    The Executive welcomes your feedback and suggestions as we attempt to arrange a meeting with the Minister and begin discussions with him and his staff.

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    Bill 109 Submission

    On behalf of the Schedule 2 Employers’ Group, we would like to take this opportunity to comment specifically on the portion of Bill 109 that amends the Workplace Safety Insurance Act, 1997, (“WSIA”) and in particular the addition of section 48.1.

    Attached is a complete copy of our written submission to the Clerk of the Committee regarding this Bill.

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    Value for Money Audit

    The WSIB has retained the services of Ernst & Young, Auditors to do a Value for Money Audit on WSIB Schedule 2 services and operations at the WSIB. The time frame for this audit is extremely short with a target date for a draft report at the end of August and a final report to the WSIB Board of Directors by early October. Ernst & Young will be contacting individual Schedule 2 Employers to schedule an interview or to participate in a survey. The Schedule 2 executive will be meeting with the auditors tomorrow to have some discussions and to answer their questions. The Schedule 2 executive is concerned that the audit is too rushed and that the auditors may not have received an adequate briefing on Schedule 2 and the issues. We will aim to provide the auditors with a better understanding of all the issues of concern to Schedule 2 employers. We also plan to provide them with more background documents and a paper to support the interests of Schedule 2 employers.

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