Disability Management & Programs
Your workers are your most important asset.
Protect yourself as an employer by ensuring your worker's rights are upheld.
The longer an injured worker is away, the more difficult it is to return to work. Lost time means lost income for both employer and employee. It’s critical to have an effective disability management program. With professional support from the Artis team, an employee can be back to work with as little time lost as possible, potentially lowering your company WCB premiums.
Artis Can Help You Navigate The WCB & Save You Money.
Evaluating Employer Responsibilities
Ensure that your business is up to date with Disability Management Policies.
Incident Report Protocol Checklist for WCB-Alberta
Do you have an up-to-date emergency response plan for workplace incidents?
Complete this self assessment to update your incident response plan.
Disability Management Consulting
Evaluating Employer Responsibilities
Minimize the impact of injuries and illnesses on your company.
Early reporting results in faster entitlement decisions and benefit payments to your workers. This allows workers to focus on recovery and safe return to work.
Employer responsibilities include:
- Recording work-related injuries
- Reporting (within 72 hours)
- Worker entitlement
- Return to work issues
Be prepared for workplace incidents with a plan of action that provides mutual protection for employees and employers.
Artis will work with you to develop a step-by-step incident response plan to ensure that your business is taking the right steps mandated by federal and provincial legislation.
Make sure that your employees feel safe performing their duties to create a healthy work culture.
RETURN TO WORK / MODIFIED WORK PLAN
Effective management of a return to work plan will minimize the impact of the injury/illness.
Managing a successful return-to-work program helps you reduce claim costs and lower your WCB premiums.
Offering modified work in keeping with the medical work restrictions enables workers to safely return to work at the earliest opportunity and may reduce claim costs.
If you’ve had WCB claims in the past that are pushing your premiums up, Artis can review those claim files to ensure that only the costs you are responsible for have been applied to your account.
We will review your claim for potential cost relief, cost transfer or claim legitimacy. If we find errors or opportunities for appeal, we will provide you with clear estimates of premium savings a given appeal could achieve.
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Many businesses manage WCB claims in-house, and without knowing the system it can prove frustrating and time consuming. You love what you do, and you didn’t get into business to spend hours managing a WCB claim. We did!
Each company is different, and we know from experience that there is no “one size fits all”. Our team builds tailored disability management programs specific to your company and proactively manages your WCB claims on your behalf. This allows us to keep unnecessary expenses from your claims, ensure documentation is complete, and enables us to work on containing costs for your business.
No, if your experience rating is grossly over your industry average (i.e., if you are paying more in premiums than most of your rate group), you may not be able to save costs on a single appeal. However, looking at your industry classification and multiple appeals may help you reduce premiums.
You may not save money immediately, however, in future years you could qualify for cost savings.
Depending on your industry, some additional benefits of submitting an appeal are:
- May help in bids when you upload data in ISNetworld or other related software.
- Letting your voice be heard on controversial issues where precedence is being set, e.g.,
worker’s injured while impaired and how it relates to benefits.
- Having your voice heard when a worker puts an appeal in against an employer.
Yes, we can review the file and give you representation at the appeal or recommendations.
Yes. Employers often come to us with this question. They have asked for a decision to be made and were told no. Often the decisions have not been put in writing or you were aware that there second look at your request, structure them to represent the strongest possible argument, and give you the best chance at having a decision overturned.
It should not. However, have a third party manage your appeals at an arm’s length may help you with any bias or concerns of relationships conflict.
This depends on your province. Timelines vary widely. For example in B.C. an appeal must be submitted within 75 days from a decision date. Some provinces, such as Saskatchewan, have notime limits on appeal.
It depends on the province and the ability for the WCB to accept your claim. Some appeals are resolved within a week, while others can take a year or longer, if they have to go to tribunal.
When we review your claims we can see if you need a change in internal safety or disability management process, decreasing the chances of falling into the same situation in the future. Additionally, we may be able to find opportunities for cost reduction that you not have considered. For example, third party cost transfers, or industry rate re-classification. Plus, any cost reduction is helpful when you are bidding and are required to provide your WCB statistics to the contractor.
We occasionally take employee appeals or refer them to a trusted partner. Our focus and expertise is on helping employers.