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Claim suppression occurs in six per cent of workplace injuries: WCB

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A new report by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) says overt claim suppression occurs in about six per cent of workplace injuries, which represents approximately 1,000 claims per year.

The finding is contained in an in-depth study of workplace injury claim suppression in Manitoba. It looked at cases in which workers are threatened or induced not to make a claim, depriving them of benefits.

Type of under-reporting

Overt Claim Suppression
Consists of situations where an employer uses threats or coercion to influence a worker to either not file a claim, or to withdraw a claim once filed.
Estimated at 6%
Approximately 1,000

Soft Claim Suppression
Consists of situations where an employer continues to pay the worker his or her regular wage, once he or she has had a workplace injury and is missing work. Soft claim suppression may occur whether or not the employer is aware of its reporting responsibilities under theWorkers Compensation Act.
Estimated at 18.8%
Approximately 3,000

Misreporting
When an employer reports a time-loss claim as a no-time-loss claim.
This is also known as cost-suppression.
Estimated at 14%
Approximately 1,400

Under-Claiming
Refers to the phenomenon whereby workers choose not to pursue a claim for a workplace injury or illness with the WCB.
Unclear. Likely a significant factor.
Unclear. Likely a significant factor.

The WCB says it’s is undertaking several initiatives to target claim suppression in the workplace.

They include a updated compliance framework to educate Manitobans on the rules and obligations of the workers compensation system and to identify individuals who are not in full compliance. It will be fully implemented in 2014.

The WCB is also looking at increasing administrative penalties and reviewing its rate model to reduce suppressed claims. The review will include consultations.

It’s also starting a public awareness campaign to remind employers that by law they must report injuries to the WCB and that workers can report workplace injuries themselves. Information will be tailored for new Canadians and young workers.

 

 

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