We entered a new era in the compensation of work-related mental disorders on January 1st this year:
- The statutory bar on compensation for “mental stress” claims was removed (prior to January 1, 2018, entitlement was limited to claims for injuries that were “an acute reaction to a sudden and unexpected traumatic event”), and
- The WSIB’s new Chronic Mental Stress policy, and its revised Traumatic Mental Stress policy, came into effect.
After less than five months of the new regime, I still don’t know a great deal about how the WSIB is applying these policies in practice.
To increase my understanding, in April I made a freedom of information request for all of the WSIB’s internal documents giving its decision-makers advice, guidance or direction about adjudicating claims under the new policies.
In May, the WSIB granted my request, and disclosed over 400 pages of documents.
I haven’t had time to go through the material in detail yet. When I do, I’ll publish a post (or two) analyzing the most important documents.
However, I want to make the documents available immediately to any injured worker or advocate who may be interested in them. Therefore, I’ve bundled them into a .zip file which you can download by clicking this link. (Note: it’s a 19 MB file that downloads automatically.)
This blog contains general information and should not be relied on as legal advice in an individual case. If you need advice about a WSIB claim or appeal, please visit the website of my law office, asingletonlaw.ca, and book a consultation.