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WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF MANITOBA NEW RATE MODEL By Terry Penner, Secretary-Treasurer, Garden Valley School Division T he workers compensation system in Manitoba is an injury and disability insurance system for both workers and employers, paid for the employers. The program officially started back in 1917 with the passing of The Workers Compensation Act. The program essentially provided a guaranteed no-fault benefit for injured or ill workers in exchange for the right to sue employers. And employers agreed to pay for the system in exchange for legal protection against lawsuits. According to the WCB website, present day workers compensation is based on the following key principles: * Collective liability of employers for workplace injuries and diseases * Compensation for injured workers and their dependants, regardless of fault * Income replacement benefits based upon loss of earning capacity * Immunity of employers and workers from civil suits * Prevention of workplace injuries and diseases * Timely and safe return to health and work * Independent administration by an arm's length agency of government The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba conducted a review of its rate model (method for calculating the rates charged to employers) back in 2012. The existing model had been in place since 2001. Following that review, a comprehensive rate model review and consultation process was initiated in 2014 with the intended purpose of assessing the relative strengths and limitations of the existing model and its impact on both employers and workers in the Province. Input from various stakeholders was invited as part of the review process. Submissions were received from organizations including: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; Construction Association of Manitoba; Canadian Federation of Independent Business; City of Brandon; Manitoba Federation of Labour; Manitoba Employers Council; and several others. Details of those submissions can be found on the WCB website. The consulting services of Morneau Shepell were secured to conduct and coordinate the review. To that end, a discussion paper was released to start the conversation. Outlined in the discussion paper were the goals as established by WCB Manitoba. A new rate model was to achieve the following: * Promote and enhance prevention and injury reduction * Promote effective workplace disability management programs * Ensure security of benefits * Protect employers (particularly small employers) from financial devastation that might accompany a large claim through collective liability * Distribute the cost of the system on all employers fairly taking into consideration the risk they pose to the system * Clarity and transparency. According to the Morneau Shepell report, there were three distinct related themes that arose from the stakeholder consultations: 20 * Read this issue online at 1. Dissatisfaction with the volatility of rates 2. Concern over the balance between collective liability protection and punitive rates 3. The relationship between the model's incentives and outcomes Ultimately, after extensive consultation throughout the province, the following recommendations were released in the Morneau Shepell report: * The rate setting model be made much less aggressive and that the "punitive aspects" of the model be removed and the collective liability protection be  enhanced * WCB, through its rate setting system design, adopt features that create a more balanced focus on injury prevention and claims duration * WCB, in conjunction with Safe Work Manitoba, consider new approaches to improving occupational health and safety outcomes, including financial incentives and penalties * WCB endorse, provide leadership, and foster stakeholder cooperation in best practices in return-to-work * WCB explore the possibility of incorporating non-claims cost related employer performance measures into experience rating, while maintaining some form of claims cost measures Based on the recommendations from the Morneau Shepell report and careful consideration of the stakeholder input, WCB did finalize a new rate model that will be phased in over a five-year period starting in 2015. Under the Workers Compensation program, an employer considered "large"

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2016

MASBO 2015–2016 Executive
2015–2016 Committees
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
Pre-Conference Workshop
MASBO’s 3 “Cs”: Collaboration – Culture – Climate
Establishing Cultures of Trust
MASBO Welcomes New Executive Members
Tom’s Next Chapter
Farewell, Roy!
“We Are Canadians” The Evolution of the Canadian School Business Officials’ Leadership Group
MASBO “PAL” Program – Supporting a Positive Organizational Culture
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba New Rate Model
School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware
Fundamentals of Investigation
Facilities Management
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers

MASBO News - 2016